La Danse Interrompue

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La Danse Interrompue ("The dance interrupted") is a French one act vaudeville by Pierre Yves Barré (1749-1832)[1], E. T. Maurice Ourry (1776-1843)[2].

The original text

First performed in French at the Théâtre du Vaudeville in Paris on 4 September 1795.

Translations and adaptations

Translated into Dutch as De Verhinderde Dansparty, of Het Orchest Onder den Tafel ("The obstructed dance party, or the orchestra under the table") by Carel Alexander Van Ray (1780-1842)[3]. Published in Amsteldam by Abraham Mars, 1805. The Dutch version is also known simply as De Verhinderde Dansparty.

Translated into German as Die verhinderte Tanzgesellschaft oder Das Orchester unter einem Tisch, most probably from the Dutch version.

Performance history in South Africa

1815: Produced in Dutch as De Verhinderde Dansparty, of Het Orchest Onder den Tafel in the African Theatre, Cape Town, South Africa by Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense on 24 July as prelude to a performance of C.E. Boniface's grand ballet Sapho.


Facsimile version of the 1805 Dutch text, Google E-Book[4]

F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [5]: pp. 138-9

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