Jack Kinney returned to dance with June in new routines featured in the revues of the Casino de Paris. Mistinguett and Maurice Chevalier were headliners and these shows were the proving ground for a generation of new talent who would work in the theatre and film.
The new routine would include five numbers June and Jack performed in their act combined with the free-structured production. A stipulation was that Cole Porter provided the music for their dances. The tango, which the duo performed to Gade's Jealousy, was replicated in a piece called Agua Sincopada Tango Wake up and Dream. It opened in London on March 23, 1929.
The show was immensely popular and had 263 performances. Jessie Matthews was the ingenue and singing star; Australian Tilly Losch was principal dancer - she appeared in an exotic number choreographed by George Balanchine to the Porter ballad What is this Thing Called Love? and in a doll-shop sequence inspired by Coppelia - Oliver Messel designed the elaborate sets.
This must have been agreeable with June because she made plans to join the Cochran forces in London after a vacation. Unfortunately, her plans were disrupted when, during the Atlantic voyage, Elizabeth Roper was stricken with an attack of angina pectoris. The attack was so severe that the physician wouldn't allow June to see her mother for several days.
Monday, I will tell you more about June and her mother and June's career. I am getting this information from the book June Roper Ballet Starmaker by Leland Windreich. If you are a fan of dance, I would advise you take a look at it. I am, of course, leaving a lot of facts out and the pictures are worth looking at the book.
I hope you have a great weekend. I am volunteering at the TEDxVancouver on Saturday - that should be fun!
I hope you find the beauty around you.