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A Jester's Marotte - A Stage Prop from the Amy Sternberg Collection
Artifact of the Month, December 2012

Dedicated to the development of dance in Toronto, Amy Sternberg began her career in 1894, alongside her sister Sarah, teaching physical culture and ballroom dances. She went on to stage elaborate productions on a grand scale and to train the next generation of dance teachers in Toronto. Find out how this figure played a role in her story. (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)

To read more about Amy Sternberg, download Dance Collection Danse Magazine issue #59 and read Seika Boye's article “Finding Amy Sternberg” on pages 24 through 27. Click Here to access the download.

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1923 jester’s marotte stage prop / Photo: Miriam Adams
1923 jester’s marotte stage prop / Photo: Miriam Adams
  • 1923 jester’s marotte stage prop / Photo: Miriam Adams
  • Detail of 1923 jester’s marotte stage prop / Photo: Miriam Adams
  • Eric Hehner in jester’s costume for Amy Sternberg’s "The Marriage of Prince Charming and Princess Dewdrop", 1923
  • Sarah Sternberg, c. 1895
  • Amy Sternberg, c. 1895
  • Program cover for Amy Sternberg’s 1923 recital at Massey Hall, Toronto
  • Program detail for Amy Sternberg’s 1923 recital at Massey Hall, Toronto
  • Program cover for the "Fantastic Extravaganza", Massy Hall, 1915
  • Amy Sternberg, c. 1915
  • "Toronto Star Weekly" newspaper excerpt about the "Fantastic Extravaganza", February 20, 1915
  • Program cover for Amy Sternberg’s "Historical Pageant" celebrating Canada’s Diamond Jubilee, sponsored by the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire, Massey Hall, 1927
  • Amy Sternberg, c. 1930
  • "Toronto Sunday World" newspaper excerpt featuring several dancers trained by Amy Sternberg and portraying the variety of dance forms taught at her school, March 18, 1923

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