Folger Friday: The Language of the Fan

Friday, February 22, 2019, 6:30 pm
Paster Reading Room

"The fan, Mistress Gwynn, is not simply a crass tool for cooling one's brow. 
The language of the fan is a complex art."

Much more than a mere accessory, it is widely believed that fans were used by women in the 18th and 19th centuries to relay secret messages. In this pre-show workshop, delve into the nuanced language of fan gesturing with members of English Country Dance in DC (ECD in DC). Members of the beloved local dance troupe will walk you through how to slyly tell your paramour the secrets of your heart.

Continue practicing this age-old art long after the night is over. Included in your ticket price is your own souvenir fan and the Nell Gwynn signature cocktail to sip on during the event.

Join us for the evening's 8pm performance of Nell Gwynn. Purchase tickets online or call the Folger Box Office at 202.544.7077.



This project was supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.