STEPS IN LOVE
a Baroque Entertainment
in words, music, song and dance
Act 1 The Loves of Mars & Venus
Set on the stage of London’s Drury Lane Theatre in 1717, The Loves of Mars & Venus tells the story of how the English choreographer, John Weaver, fought to achieve his dream of creating a proper dance drama in a world which saw dance as a frivolous (if lucrative) sideline. Weaver uses the story of the love affair between Venus, the goddess of love, and Mars, the god of war, and the revenge of her husband, the god Vulcan, to create the first modern ballet.
(This act is entirely based on historical fact.)
Act 2 The Loves of Pygmalion
Time has passed and the triumphs of Mars & Venus have been forgotten by a fickle public. Mr Weaver, now a theatre manager in his own right, must find a new project to save the day. Taking note of the successes of the theatre down the road, Weaver proposes to combine the French baroque tale of Pygmalion set to music by Rameau, with a thoroughly English setting in the style of John Gay’s Beggar’s Opera. He devises a new take on the story: The wealthy merchant Mr Worldly employs the French sculptor Monsieur Pygmalion to create a statue of a beautiful woman to adorn his smart new London home.
(This act is complete fiction.)