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Dance expert Beryl de Zoete

Beryl de Zoete (1879-1962) was a dance researcher and critic as well as a trained ballet dancer.

She travelled widely to explore dance in different countries and cultures, especially in South and South East Asia.

In 1935 she went to Bali, Indonesia and wrote the book 'Dance and Drama in Bali' with the German artist Walter Spies (1895-1942). It was the first serious study of the topic. Copies can be found in the Horniman's library.

A number of objects collected by Beryl de Zoete are in the Horniman's collections, as well as more than 2,500 photos, mostly taken by her in Bali between 1934-36 (and also film footage taken from the same period), along with images from India and Romania, countries where she was researching dance.