Ref NoNM/S/2
TitleFingals Cave
Extent61 items
DescriptionCostume for the dance Fingal's Cave.

First performed at Manchester Opera House on the 17th October 1925 this dance was invented and arranged by Madge Atkinson. It is often referred to as The Hebridean Overture "Fingal's Cave" as this is the music written by Mendelssohn. In one of the programmes that features this dance there is a note: 'Mendelssohn wrote this beautiful work in watching the waves surging among the boulders and seaweed pools of Fingal's Cave. The dancers endeavour to symbolize in movement the incoming tide, with the seaweed torn adrift by the swirling waters and left stranded with the ebb.' The costume is dyed using colours that represent the sea and some garments have been designed to look like seaweed.
Garments for this dance include tunics, capes and skirt, dresses, hat and fabric pieces.
Related MaterialFour records describe the costume items for this dance
CodePerson NameDates
DS/UK/P3147Atkinson; Madge (1885-1970); dance practitioner1885-1970
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