50 years of the nutcracker at
Les Grands Ballets
To celebrate 50 years of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens performing the Nutcracker, I was asked to design an exhibition. The exhibition would showcase photos, costumes, artworks and posters from all the previous Nutcracker productions. Held in Place Des Arts Montreal, the exhibition was on from November to January, and was free to the public.
Taking inspiration from the Nutcracker story, the concept behind the exhibition was to imitate the transformation the character Clara goes through. Shrunk down to the size of a mouse, Clara enters the world of the nutcracker under her Christmas Tree. The design intent was for visitors to feel as if they had been shrunk to the size of a mouse and become part of a Victorian paper theatre. As the exhibition was only temporary and would never be reused, making sure everything produced was easily dismantled and recycled was central to the execution of all the artworks.