It may not be the largest gallery/archives/museum in town, but DANCE COLLECTION DANSE, 149 Church Street (301) in TORONTO has a devoted following both online and on-site. Founded in 1986, the national archive and publisher is dedicated to the preservation of Canada’s theatrical dance history.
Programming combines collection, exhibition, preservation, research, publishing and education. Website: http://www.dcd.ca
PHOTO ABOVE – Jean Grand-Maître, Artistic Director, Alberta Ballet with Swan Lake dancers (2012) – “Dance Collection Danse’s efforts to preserve and archive the vibrant and ground breaking legacy of Canada’s internationally acclaimed artists is as important to our culture as the creators’ repertoire. I applaud them for their valiant efforts and for being such excellent caretakers of an often neglected art form.”
Justin Trudeau, now Canada’s Prime Minister, and his younger brother Sacha, tries out the Nutcracker sleigh, surrounded by the National Ballet’s Artistic Director Alexander Grand and Principal Dancer Nadia Potts.
Detail from The Nutcracker backdrop, painted in the late 1940’s
Costume sketches from the Charlottetown Festival by Frances Dafoe
Jury Gotshalks and Irene Apinee, Swan Lake, 1951
Current exhibition at the gallery, 149 Church Street – ‘Drawn to Dance’, a selection of works by three Canadian visual artists. Peppered with artifacts and costumes, the exhibit celebrates the growth of ballet in Canada as seen through the visual artist’s eye. Hours: Monday to Friday, 10-4 or by appointment.