Thursday, September 13, 2012

Saharet, the India Rubber Lady

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The Australian dancer Saharet was born Clarissa (or Clarise) Rose Campbell in either Melbourne or Ballarat, in 1879.[1, 2] A talented and limber dancer known for her ability to do high kicks, "a reviewer described Saharet as an India rubber lady in her rendition of a dislocation dance."[1]

Beautiful and vivacious, she led a full and interesting life. We hope to share a more complete biographical post with our readers at some time in the future. Today, we are sharing this video of a 1905 silent film clip, showing Saharet dancing the Bolero.[3]

Note A shorter video of the same film clip, but with an added musical sound track, is available at

An interesting side note to the silent film clip shown in these videos is that it was directed by the Frenchwoman Alice Guy (married name Blanché), who was, according to IMDB, the first woman to become a film director.[4, 5]

[1] Saharet. (2012, August 2). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved September 13, 2012, from
[2] Saharet. n.d. In HAT-History of Australian Theatre. Retrieved September 13, 2012, from
[3] Change Before Going Productions. (2012, April 28). Saharet performs the bolero (1905) - Alice Guy Blanche - Madame Saharet boléro. In YouTube. Retrieved September 13, 2012, from
[4] Saharet, boléro. n.d. In IMDB. Retrieved September 13, 2012, from
[5] Alice Guy. n.d. In IMDB. Retrieved September 13, 2012, from

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