Friday, July 13, 2012

The Tutu Project - National Ballet of Canada

As I wandered by the #Toronto Design Exchange on Bay Street in the heart of the financial district, the magnificent stainless steel art deco doors were flung wide open and I noticed some tutus. Well, imagine my surprise. First, I have never been in the design exchange, second my mind remembered something about tutus, besides that they used them in ballet, that the collection was being shown in the Tutu Project. Taking the opportunity I went into the former stock exchange building and asked if I could wander around and take some pictures of the tutus.
Tutus are the classic woman's attire in ballet, and those little British girls (Sophia Grace and Rosie) on Ellen love them, especially in pink. As an endearing symbol of the ballet scene both the National Ballet of Canada and the Volunteer Committee celebrate 60 years of partnership with the creation of 60 original tutus.
"This interactive and international art and community-outreach project will include costumes from great moments in the company's history and 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, our talented staff, and YOU!" Some of the public designs came from 2011 events like Toronto Pride and Culture Days.
The installation showing at the main entrance and first floor of the Design Exchange, Canada's Design Museum, will continue until September 2, 2012 and will be joined by the "60 Years of Designing the Ballet" located on the 3rd floor Exhibition Hall of the Design Exchange.

See more tutus and museum hours after the jump.

Design Exchange Museum Hours

Monday 10 am - 5 pm
Tuesday 10 am - 8 pm
Wednesday 10 am - 5 pm
Thursday 10 am - 5 pm
Friday 10 am - 5 pm
Saturday 12 pm - 5 pm
Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm

Adult admission is $10 and every Tuesday evening between 5 and 8 pm admission is pay-what-you-can. They also host a Free Friday Tour on the last Friday of every month at 1pm - Next Free Friday Tour: July 27

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