“Degas and the Dance” at Toledo Museum of Art: October 15, 2015 – January 10, 2016

Toledo Ballet_Museum of Dreams 2011_'Awkward Girl'_Degas' Little DancerThe Toledo Museum of Art presents Degas and the Dance in celebration of The Toledo Ballet’s 75th Anniversary Nutcracker. The exhibit features ballet-inspired works by Degas and includes a section of memorabilia and costumes from the Toledo Ballet’s archives.

The sculpture, Little Dancer of Fourteen Years, on loan from the Clark Art Institute of Williamstown, Massachusetts, occupies center stage in this exhibition that revolves around Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas (1834-1917), one of France’s leading Impressionists. Originally modeled in wax in 1880-81, the 38-inch tall figure was cast in bronze in 1919-21 and depicts Marie van Goethem, a student in the Ballet School of the Paris Opéra. Ten other works by Degas on the subject of ballet, including bronze sculptures and paintings, will be shown. Among them are TMA’s bronze Study in Nude of Little Dancer Aged Fourteen and pastel The Dancers, as well as important works on loan from the Museé d’Orsay in Paris, the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the National Gallery of Art and The Phillips Collection, both in Washington, D.C.

Toledo Ballet dancers will perform alternate Fridays in a rehearsal space provided by TMA in the exhibition gallery. Visitors to the exhibit can observe these on-going rehearsals, as well as explore ballet steps and movements.

Toledo Ballet will present a full performance of Awkward Girl: A Journey through Degas on January 3, 2016 in the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle, as the culmination of the exhibition performance opportunities.

Admission to the exhibit is free.

This exhibit is made possible through the generous contributions of Welltower, Christie’s, Taylor Cadillac, members of the Toledo Museum of Art and through the sustainability grant program of the Ohio Arts Council.

For more information, please visit ToledoMusem.org

The above photograph is from Toledo Ballet’s original production, Museum of Dreams, 2011: Awkward Girl, Degas’ Little Dancer. Photo by Photo Works, Inc. All rights reserved.