Artistes of a performance style known as poses plastiques mastered the art of manipulating the body into highly stylized and apparently motionless postures to resemble so-called 'living statues'. Most favoured adopting 'classical' stances in the garb of Greek and Roman deities, and a number of its female technicians titillated Victorian audiences with costumes giving the appearance of almost complete nudity. Poses plastiques was, for a time, a remarkably popular 'sensation', and while aspects of the form can inform discussions of puppetry, this article argues that the significance of poses plastiques emerges with greater clarity when discussed within the broader context of Victorian visual theatre.
|Number of pages||19|
|Journal||Australasian Drama Studies|
|Publication status||Published - 2008|