Guided tour of the exhibition “You won’t go dancing anymore! Clandestine dances 1939-1945”

Article publié le 5 September 2021

From May 1940 until April 1945, dances in all their forms were banned on French territory. Dancing, a major leisure activity for French youth between the two world wars, came to a halt. Prevented, repressed and sanctioned by the Vichy regime, because it defied morality and good manners, the ball became clandestine.

How was the ban transgressed? What music is played? What cultures of the body are revealed? But above all, what values and social ties make the desire to dance irresistible?

The result of an original and collective work carried out by the Centre d’histoire sociale des mondes contemporains (CHS) Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne/CNRS, the Musée de la Résistance nationale in Champigny-sur-Marne, and the Musée de la Résistance et de la Déportation de l’Isère, this exhibition, presented for the first time in Grenoble, plunges us into the atmosphere of the clandestine dances and into their history.

Museum of the Resistance and Deportation of Isère

From 19/05/2021 to 03/01/2022, the first Sunday of the month from 2.30 to 3.30 pm.