Jacob Whibley

National Ballet of Canada Tutu Project

The Design Exchange, Toronto

April 25 – 28th, 2013

Narwhal is proud to announce it’s participation in the National Ballet of Canada’s 60th anniversary’s Tutu Project. The project features a series of four original tutu designs created by Toronto artists Metatecture, Noel Middleton, Julie Moon and Tania Sanhueza.

The tutus were commissioned by the National Ballet of Canada and The Volunteer Committee as part of the anniversary celebration commemorating 60 years of partnership. This interactive and international art and community-outreach project will include 60 original tutus comprised of costumes from great moments in the company’s history alongside original pieces created by artists and designers from across Canada.

Tutu Exhibition Details:
June 6-12, 2012
Tutu Project preview week for all ticket-holders of Hamlet at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

July 11 – Sept 2, 2012
Free public installation of the Tutu Project at the Design Exchange. The Tutu Project will also run in conjunction with the exciting exhibit “60 Years of Designing the Ballet” located in the 3rd floor Exhibition Hall of the Design Exchange. More info
The National Ballet of Canada, with more than 60 dancers and its own symphony orchestra, is Canada’s premier dance company and ranks among the top international ballet companies. Founded in 1951 by English dancer Celia Franca, the National Ballet was initially established as a classical company. However, the National Ballet now offers more than just traditional repertoire, regularly presenting contemporary works and world premieres, encouraging the creation of new ballets and facilitating the development of Canadian choreographers.

Together, the National Ballet’s production team and artists reflect the company’s high standards of artistic excellence, both at home and abroad, and help maintain the National Ballet’s reputation as one of the top five ballet companies in the world.

Working with video, film, performance, and photography in the digital realm, Pugen explores alternate realities through simulating and re-contextualizing media histories. With theatrical absurdity, Pugen examines relationships between real and staged performance, the natural and the artificial, and tensions of virtual identity. Through altering and manipulating images, Pugen renders situations that question our perceptions of how history, documentation, and simulation intersect. Recent solo exhibitions include Long Divisions, (2011, Contact Festival, Angell Gallery, Toronto), Sahara Sahara (2011, Special Project Space, Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art), and Bridge Kids (2010, Gallery TPW, Toronto). Two-person exhibitions include The Tie-Break (tennis pains), (2012, Neubacher Shor, Toronto) and The Tie-Break, (2011, Nuit Blanche commission, Toronto), both with Tibi Tibi Neuspiel. Pugen has exhibited his films and videos nationally and internationally including at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, World Wide Short Film Festival, Berlin Transmediale International Media Arts Festival, European Media Art Festival, and the Poland 12th International Media Art Biennale WRO 07.