The Minnesota Ballet and the St. Louis County Historical Society announce the opening of the ballet’s history exhibit in the Depot Great Hall Tuesday, October 4. The exhibit, with costumes and ten-panel history display, will run through October 24.
The exhibit colorfully highlights the ballet’s growth from its humble beginnings in 1965 as an amateur company formed from advanced students into one of the finest professional ballets in the Midwest. As it begins its second half-century, the ballet performs world masterworks and beloved story ballets such as “The Nutcracker,” represents the Duluth area in tours to the Midwest and Canada, and provides pre-professional ballet training usually found only in major cities.
“We are proud to show the community what an asset the ballet has been in our 50 years of performing and educating, said Robert Gardner, the ballet’s artistic executive director. “It is remarkable that many other ballet companies have closed, including the Cleveland San Jose Ballet, where I danced, but the Minnesota Ballet keeps growing, thanks in no small part to community support,” he added.
After October 24, the exhibit will be available for touring in St. Louis County through the St. Louis County Historical Society’s Traveling Exhibit Program. Contact the society for more information at 218-733-7581.