In itself a theatrical premier may not seem like a particularly noteworthy event but The Loves of Mars and Venus holds an important place in the history of dance in Britain as it was the first ballet to be performed in the country. The kernel of the ballet's story is from Greek mythology though Weaver's main source for adaptation was a 1695 play of the same name written by PA Motteux.
|Hester Booth as a Female Harlequin by John Ellys, 1722-25|
Weaver referred to his ballets as pantomimes and devoted himself to using dance and mime as a form of creative and narrative expression. He lived to the age of 90 and was an acknowledged expert of dance and choreography, writing books and essays on the subject throughout his life.