The 1913 Benefit Ball was
designed to be an opulent pageant of colour,
style and movement. Every detail was to be as
it would have been during the magnificent
reign of King Louis - "Le Roi Soleil".
Each participant was to take
on the character of a person living at the
time of Louis XIV and to be attached to a
group representing one of the many
international Royal Courts of that era.
Some sixteen Courts were
represented, each one organised by one
particular co-ordinator and its members
thereafter attended the "fête" at
"Versailles" with the appointed
The centrepiece of the gala
event was a performance by Madame Anna
Pavlova and some members of the Russian
Ballet who performed a selection of the
Dances from the period.
The stage management was
organised with sectors set aside for the
inward procession of each Court into the body
of the Royal Albert Hall. The plan, forming
the centre folio of the circular programme,
may be seen via this arrow link
~ floor plan.
NB The print
on the original document is miniscule - all
images have been manipulated to provide a
balance between size and setting.