The National Ballet of Canada is one of the few ballet companies to possess an archive of its history. The Archives were created in 1975 with the intent of collecting and preserving materials celebrating the founding and development of the company. The Virtual Museum is an online gallery featuring items held within the National Ballet Archives. Items digitized for inclusion in the National Ballet's Virtual Museum are catalogued and preserved in The Helen G. Balfour InMagic Database.
Select an exhibit to learn more about The National Ballet of Canada’s 60 year history.
Notable National Ballet Productions
Learn more about some of the National Ballet's most notable productions. Each exhibit surveys the history of a ballet through archival material including programmes, set and costume sketches, photographs, videos, press items, correspondence, footwear, costumes, artifacts and more. Click on the links below to visit a Virtual Exhibit.
La Fille mal gardée
The Merry Widow
Romeo and Juliet
The Sleeping Beauty
The Tutu Project
This interactive, community outreach project includes costumes from great moments in the company's history and original pieces created by artists, designers, community groups, audience members and staff.
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Celebrating 60 Glorious Years
In celebration of the National Ballet's 60th Anniversary, a historical display entitled Celebrating
60 Glorious Years of The National Ballet of Canada was created to highlight the artistry and
dedication of the individuals who create the evocative performances which
continue to inspire audiences today.