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Robert Bruce's Dionysos Backdrop Design from the Gweneth Lloyd Collection
Artifact of the Month, April 2013

While nymphs frolicked and danced with the Greek god of wine, the wife of Manitoba's Lieutenant-Governor stormed out of the theatre. Find out how this backdrop design by a Winnipeg artist roused her ire. (Click the "Play" arrow below to listen to the podcast and scroll down to view more images. Mouse-over the images to access "Pause" and other controls)

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Robert Bruce's backdrop design for Gweneth Lloyd's "Dionysos", 1945
Robert Bruce's backdrop design for Gweneth Lloyd's "Dionysos", 1945
  • Robert Bruce's backdrop design for Gweneth Lloyd's "Dionysos", 1945
  • Robert Bruce, page excerpt from the 1941/42 Winnipeg Ballet souvenir program
  • Members of the Winnipeg Ballet in Gweneth Lloyd's "Dionysos", 1945 / Photo courtesy of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Archives
  • Members of the Winnipeg Ballet in Gweneth Lloyd's "Dionysos", 1945 / Photo courtesy of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Archives
  • Page excerpt from a Winnipeg Ballet souvenir program, c. 1952
  • Robert Bruce's costume designs for Gweneth Lloyd's "Dionysos", 1945
  • Robert Bruce's cover design for the Winnipeg Ballet 1941/42 souvenir program
  • Page excerpt from the Winnipeg Ballet 1941/42 souvenir program showing Robert Bruce's designs for Act I of  Gweneth Lloyd's "Triple Alliance"
  • Page excerpt from the Winnipeg Ballet 1941/42 souvenir program showing one of Robert Bruce's costume designs for Gweneth Lloyd's "Triple Alliance"
  • Members of the Winnipeg Ballet in Act II of Gweneth Lloyd's "Triple Alliance", 1941 / Photo: Henry Lane
  • Members of the Winnipeg Ballet in Act II of Gweneth Lloyd's "Triple Alliance", 1941 / Photo: Henry Lane
  • Members of the Winnipeg Ballet in Gweneth Lloyd's "Façade Suite", 1941 / Photo: Arthur Kushner, courtesy of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Archives
  • Members of the Winnipeg Ballet in Gweneth Lloyd's "Façade Suite", 1941 / Photo courtesy of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Archives
  • Jean McKenzie as the Shepherdess in Gweneth Lloyd's "Façade Suite", 1941 / Photo: Phillips-Gutkin and Associates Ltd.
  • Newspaper clipping of Betty Hey as the Milk Maid in Gweneth Lloyd's "Façade Suite", 1941
  • Pat Litchfield and Jean McKenzie in Gweneth Lloyd's "Through The Looking Glass", 1942 / Photo courtesy of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Archives
  • Page excerpt from the 1941/42 Winnipeg Ballet souvenir program showing Robert Bruce's costume designs for Gweneth Lloyd's "Through the Looking Glass"
  • Page excerpt from the 1941/42 Winnipeg Ballet souvenir program showing Robert Bruce's costume designs for Gweneth Lloyd's "Through the Looking Glass"

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