Victoria Thoms is Research Fellow at the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE), Coventry University, UK. She is author of Martha Graham: Gender and the Haunting of Dance Pioneer (2013). Her current interests are in exploring dance and its relationship to trauma testimony. She is Vice-Chair of the Society for Dance Research in the UK.
In January 1940, amid the confusion of wartime London, the Sadler’s Wells Ballet opened its somewhat cautious season with a premiere of Frederick Ashton’s new work Dante Sonata. Conceived after the September 1939 declaration of war, the ballet is Ashton’s response to the developing events of the Second World War.