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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Tutu Project events at the Design Exchange

In conjunction with the National Ballet of Canada's 60th anniversary Tutu Project, in which 60 designers unleashed their creativity on plain tutus, the Design Exchange in Toronto, which will host the exhibition of tutus and a major exhibition about design for ballet from July 11 to September 2nd, is having 2 special events:

Designing the Ballet: Panel Discussion
July 18, 2012
6:30 – 8:30 pm

Internationally renowned dance historian and critic, Michael Crabb, will moderate an informative panel discussion offering an intimate look into the design of the ballet from wardrobe to choreography to set design.
$10 / Free for DX Members

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Talking Tutus with Caroline O’Brien
July 24, 2012
6:30 – 8:30 pm

Curator and costume designer Caroline O'brien presents on the iconic tutu from a historical and contemporary perspective. Following the talk, Caroline will invite guests “back stage” for an in depth tour of the 60 Years of Designing the Ballet Exhibition.
$10 / Free for DX Members
Register here

The Design Exchange is at 234 Bay Street in downtown Toronto.
Hours: Monday 10-5
Tuesday 10-8
Wednesday 10-5
Thursday 10-5
Friday 10-5
Saturday and Sunday 12-5

Tuesday evenings between 5 and 8 are pay what you can admission
Free tours on the last Friday of every month at 1 pm.

60 Years of Designing the Ballet
July 11 – September 2

Exhibition Hall – Paid Admission

This exhibition offers an intimate look at the design of one of Canada’s most celebrated treasures – the National Ballet of Canada. The exhibition is organized thematically – highlighting the various ways in which the ballet as an institution is designed through hundreds of items from the ballet’s archive. The exhibition provides a private invitation into the world of one particular company. Unique to this exhibition is that the players themselves – the designers, dancers, creative directors, amongst others – are invited to comment on the process of designing costumes, dance, lighting, sets and so on. This back stage pass offers viewers a rare opportunity to engage with the theatricality, innovation, glamour and beauty that is the National Ballet of Canada.


The Tutu Project
July 11 – September 2

Lobby – Pay What You Can

The tutu is the ballet's most universally recognized symbol and to celebrate the National Ballet's 60th anniversary, 60 tutus will be displayed during the 2011/2012 season. The Tutu Project is generously sponsored by the Volunteer Committee, The National Ballet of Canada.

If you love ballet, check out my season of outstanding ballet trips in 2012-13 by clicking here.


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