An Afternoon’s Diversion (2009)

Spiritualism (attempting to communicate with the dead) had widespread appeal in the upper and middle classes of late Victorian society during the mid-1800’s. The use of mediums, seances, and talking or spirit boards soon developed into a social pastime for many, as commonplace as afternoon tea to while away the time. One writer of the era criticized the frivolous nature of these partakers: “…having pretty well exhausted the pleasures of this world” and seeking “any new amusement they can get out of any other world.” {Source: C. Gregory & “Spirits and Spirit Rapping,” The Westminster Review 69 (January, 1858)}

This choreography follows the story of an (unexpectedly) extremely successful bout of afternoon spiritualism.