Canada’s radiant Nesta Williams and the dynamic Russian Sviatoslav Toumine met in the 1930s when dancing with the Ballets Russes. The couple married and began raising a family in the 1940s, settling in Nesta’s hometown of Ottawa where they established the Ottawa Classical Ballet and its school. Dance Collection Danse is the proud home of their extensive archival, costume and backdrop collections. After a 5-year collaboration with Ryerson Theatre School to hang and photograph these exceptional hand-painted backdrops, DCD Gallery presented a new exhibit revealing photography and designs of the few remaining ballet backdrops in Canada from the 1940s and 1950s.
EXHIBITS AND MUCH MORE
DCD has a long history of bringing our collection and research to the community. Each year we share and assortment of exhibitions, films and workshops (READ MORE)
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Dance Collection Danse would like to acknowledge that the land on which we work is the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat, the Anishnaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Métis, and the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. It has been a site of human activity, including dance, for at least 15,000 years and we are grateful to all the caretakers, both recorded and unrecorded, of this land and of Turtle Island. Today, the meeting place of Toronto is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work and dance in the community, on this territory.