November 27 through January 10
Tour the museum filled with over 20 sparkling pieces from the Ballet Theatre Company’s Through the Tulle costume exhibition
Guests tour the historic house where the costumes have been laid out in rooms and carefully paired to highlight their respective room’s extraordinary Impressionist art, aesthetic, color palette, and mood. The costumes showcased exemplify the wide range of time period, design, style, and personality that BTC’s costume designers have mastered while outfitting dancers from productions of The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Don Quixote. While in residency at the Hill-Stead, BTC will include a few additional costumes from its production of The Nutcracker to decorate the house.
Throughout Ballet Theatre Company’s 22 years, the company’s full-length classical ballet productions and intimate contemporary performances have not only been recognized for the quality of dancing and choreography, but also for their incredibly detailed costume designs. To pay tribute to the artists who have created BTC’s impressive collection of costumes, and to feature this crucial component of ballet production that is too often left out of the spotlight, Ballet Theatre Company is presenting a touring costume exhibition, Through the Tulle, in museums throughout New England. The presentation provides a rare opportunity to learn about costume creation under the direction of seamstress Tracy Dorman and examine some of BTC’s most valued costumes up-close.
As guests arrive on the historic property of Theodate Pope Riddle, they will be greeted with the artistic epitome of sugar, snow, and sparkle as Tchaikovsky’s romantic Nutcracker Suite fills the air. Most would agree that the holiday season wouldn’t be the same without the candy-sweet “Sugar Plum Fairy” or the glittering “Dance of the Reed Flutes”, and this particular season, Hill-Stead and Ballet Theatre Company partner to deliver a Nutcracker experience reimagined.
On designated days, visitors will be transported to New York City’s Fifth Avenue for an enchanting window display. Inside the museum’s glass-enclosed Carriage Porch, dancers from Ballet Theatre Company will perform excerpts of The Nutcracker, as onlookers are mesmerized by dancers twirling, leaping, and pirouetting in their very own snow globe.
Programs will be provided. Bring your own device and headphones to use our audio guide via your phone.
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Delight in the magic of the season with costumes from BTC’s Through the Tulle costume exhibition, all carefully paired to highlight each period room’s Impressionist art, aesthetic, color palette, and mood. Self-guided tours; programs will be provided. Bring your own device and headphones to use our audio guide via your phone.Find out more »