The Design Exchange is hosting two exhibits for The National Ballet of Canada: 60 Years of Designing the Ballet and The Tutu Project. Both exhibits will be at the Design Exchange until September 2, 2012.
60 Years of Designing the Ballet
This exhibition offers an intimate look at the design of one of Canadaâ€™s most celebrated treasures â€“ the National Ballet of Canada. The exhibition is organized thematically â€“ highlighting the various ways in which the ballet as an institution is designed through hundreds of items from the balletâ€™s archive. The exhibition provides a private invitation into the world of one particular company.
This exhibit brought me right back into The Nutcracker world again. I had to snap a photo of the Cannon Doll costume sketches and swatches.
There are a lot of costumes to check out and set pieces to see up close and personal. You can even try on a tutu and try out ballet moves right in the exhibit. Admission is $10.20 for the 60 Years of Designing the Ballet exhibit.
The Tutu Project is an extensive collection of artistic and hand crafted tutus. The imagination of all the participants is incredible.
The Tutu Project
The iconic tutu remains among the most coveted and imitated articles of clothing in Western culture. In celebration of its 60th anniversary, The National Ballet of Canada has engaged friends, audience members and professional designers from across the country to participate in this interactive and international art and community-outreach project. The Tutu Project features pieces by Canadian fashion designers such as David Dixon and Juma, artists like Julie Moon and Tania Sanhueza, and jewellery designer Shay Lowe. Many tutus have been created collaboratively by visitors to TIFF Kids International Film Festival, Toronto Fashion Week, Word on the Street, Toronto Pride, Canada Day Celebrations in Ottawa, Share the Magic and members of Kids Corps. The Tutu Project also includes costumes from great moments in The National Ballet’s history along with original pieces created by artists from Dance Victoria, The Port Theatre, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Alberta Ballet, Giles Deacon for The English National Ballet, designers from the Fashion Design Council of Canada, and staff designers from The National Ballet.
I didn’t get to see all the tutus at the opening party, it was way too packed and I gave up after awhile. I’m planning to make a trip back to see them up close and uninterrupted. If you can’t get to the Financial District to check out the Tutu Project, you can view all the submissions at The National Ballet of Canada’s website
Admission to The Tutu Project included with the 60 Years of Designing the Ballet ticket.