National Ballet of Canada: Celebrating 60 Years of Designing the Ballet

Images courtesy of the Design Exchange

Follow along for the rest of the month during the Toronto Fashionista Ballet Series starting with our review below of the buzzed about pieces from the new exhibition that has Design Exchange visitors leaving in awe.

Guests were called to attention from mingling among the maze of 60 tutus on the former trading floor in the Design Exchange when Shauna Levy, president of the Dx stepped up the podium.  Soon to address the audience was costume designer and curator of the exhibit Caroline O’Brien. Filled with pieces that O’Brien and her team gathered and commissioned, the third floor above was the spectacle of the night. On display from the National Ballet archives were costume pieces from 2011’s acclaimed Romeo and Juliet and the annual classic The Nutcracker. Guests traveling between set pieces, original sketches, tutus and worn pointe shoes were given a peek behind the scenes of the labourus and intricate costume production processes.

The authentic pieces will excite any exhibition goer and ballet buff. Between July 11th-September 2nd you can see the exhibition that documents the humble mid-century beginnings of the National Ballet of Canada to the critically acclaimed masterpieces that graced the stage of the Four Seasons Centre and beyond.

Be sure to read our next installment of the Toronto Fashionista Ballet Series, a review of the buzzed about ballet documentary Jeoffrey: Mavericks of American DanceAs well, check back for our detailed post on our first look at the collection of 60 original tutus created by Canadian artists in celebration of 60 years of design!

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