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Ballet Theatre Company ‘Through the Tulle’ Exhibit Traveling to Children’s Museum

Bluebird Performance. Photo credit: Thomas Giroir

Fairytale Characters from ‘Through the Tulle’ travel to The Children’s Museum in West Hartford.

Princess Aurora. Photo credit: Thomas Giroir


This President’s Day weekend, a special edition of Ballet Theatre Company’s Through the Tulle costume exhibition will be at the Children’s Museum in West Hartford. The exhibit will feature fairytale character costumes from BTC’s production of Sleeping Beauty (2019) with kid-friendly activities and meet & greet opportunities with the Lilac Fairy ballerina.

October 2020 marked the opening of Ballet Theatre Company’s Through the Tulle touring costume exhibit, featuring 22 handmade costumes from its vast collection. The exhibition is a celebration of BTC’s 22nd (or “tutu”) season and a way for the company to stay connected with its local audience while theaters and performance venues remain closed.

Since its grand opening event, held at the Noah Webster House, the exhibit has toured to the West Hartford Art League and the Hill-Stead Museum. The collection includes costumes from the famous ballets, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and Don Quixote, all of which the company has performed in its 22-year-long history. Each costume has been handmade by BTC’s team of talented costume designers who have shared inside stories, anecdotes, and the design processes behind each piece in the collection.

Carabosse. Photo credit: Ron Compton

From Feb. 12-15, a special edition of Through the Tulle will make its way to The Children’s Museum located at 950 Trout Brook Drive, West Hartford, featuring eight fairytale characters from BTC’s 2019 production of Sleeping Beauty. The exhibit, tailored for children and those young at heart, will include an associated activity sheet to get to know the characters and learn about the different kinds of performance costumes. Excerpts of the performance will be playing for museum-goers to see the costumes in motion, and the Lilac Fairy will make a special appearance on Saturday and Sunday between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to meet and greet with visitors.

Purchase admission tickets at www.thechildrensmuseumct.org or call 860-231-2824. Admission is limited so hurry to claim your spot!

White Cat & Puss in Boots. Photo credit: Ron Compton

Ballet Theatre Company is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. BTC’s Through the Tulle costume exhibit is supported in part by Duncaster. It is supported in part by the Greater Hartford Arts Council, the State of Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development Office of the Arts, The Roberts Foundation, Cricket Press, We-Ha.com, and Hearst Connecticut Media Group.

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