BY INVITATION ONLY: DANCE, CONFEDERATION AND RECONCILIATION
Co-Curators: Amy Bowring & Troy Emery Twigg
A dynamic array of imagery and artifacts illuminates two narratives seldom heard in the Confederation story. While the Fathers of Confederation toiled at the table of nation making, two voices were not invited to the discussion: women and Indigenous peoples. This exhibit illuminates the stories of how women and dance were essential to networking during the 1864 conferences that led to Confederation, and how Indigenous dance was banned within two decades of Confederation in an attempt to suppress the culture and assimilate Indigenous peoples.
BACKDROPS, DESIGNS AND COSTUMES FROM THE OTTAWA CLASSICAL BALLET
Canada’s radiant Nesta Williams and the dynamic Russian Sviatoslav Toumine met in the 1930s when dancing with the Ballets Russes. The couple married and began raising a family in the 1940s, settling in Nesta’s hometown of Ottawa where they established the Ottawa Classical Ballet and its school. Dance Collection Danse is the proud home of their extensive archival, costume and backdrop collections. After a 5-year collaboration with Ryerson Theatre School to hang and photograph these exceptional hand-painted backdrops, DCD Gallery presents a new exhibit revealing photography and designs of the few remaining ballet backdrops in Canada from the 1940s and 1950s.
The photos above give you a glimpse of the process from the hanging, lighting and rehousing of the backdrops, to the eventual sharing of the collection – including costumes and designs from the Nesta Toumine portfolio – at the DCD Gallery. The final picture features a group of Ottawa Classical Ballet alumni who made a point of attending the exhibition opening.
TOURING THROUGH TIME
Get to know the landmarks and the tales behind the places in Canada that witnessed, and continue to witness, the nation's dance story. A growing list of interactive Google maps populated with important locations and their histories – all of them waiting for your visit. (READ MORE)
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