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Hot Art: Designing the National Ballet

The Sugar Plum Fairy's costume from The Nutcracker (photo by Setareh Sarmadi)

JULY 11 TO SEPTEMBER 2 Go behind the scenes of one of the country’s foremost performing arts groups as the Design Exchange presents its timely exhibition, 60 Years of Designing the Ballet. In celebration of the National Ballet of Canada’s diamond anniversary, this engaging retrospective illuminates the numerous, sometimes underrated elements—building sets, fashioning costumes, painting backdrops and more—that go into staging the company’s classical and contemporary dance productions, using archival materials and insightful commentary from the creators themselves. Supporting this primary show is the Tutu Project, which presents the ballet’s iconic symbol through historic pieces as well as
original designs.

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