A Riotous WorkMarch 19, 2013 through February 15, 2014
The Centennial Celebration of the Rite of Spring: On May 29, 1913 the powerful pairing of Stravinsky's musical score and Nijinsky's choreography premiered to an audience so unprepared for the ballet they were about to see that the evening ended in riot. Igniting momentous changes in both music and dance, the Rite of Spring is a repertory that has continued to stir audiences for a century. This exhibit examines the original piece as well as the numerous and diverse choreographers and companies that have since re-envisioned the work. Companies & choreographers featured in this exhibit include: Maurice Bejart, Molissa Fenley, Andonis Foniadakis, Martha Graham Dance Company, Heddy Maalem, Paul Taylor Dance Company, & The Royal Danish Ballet.
Art in the FoyerRuns through April 2014
Art in the Foyer, the museum's annually rotating fine art series, will feature photography from Jordan Matter's new book Dancers Among Us. The book, a photography collection that shows dancers using their talents in all walks of life, is a New York Times Best Seller, Oprah Magazine Favorite Read 2012, and Barnes & Noble Best Books of 2012. For more information, visit the artist's website.
Tails & TerpsichoreMarch 20, 2012 through March 25, 2014
Tails and Terpsichore is an exhibit about the many occurrences where animal and dance themes become intertwined. It investigates the numerous ways animals can dance, as well as the many ways people can dance about or with their furry friends. This exhibit offers something for everyone as it will appease the most strict of balletomanes, and will delight the most naive of newcomers. This exhibit reminds us that dance is for everyone... tall, thin, thick, young, old, scales, feathers, fur...
Anna Pavlova, perhaps history's most famous ballerina was honored as an inductee of the Hall of Fame in 2013. Pavlova was instrumental in bringing ballet across the globe during the earliest decades of the twentieth century. She also spurred significant developments of the modern pointe shoe and dance photography. On display is one of Pavlova's cocktail dresses, a timeline of Pavlova's career, as well as several photographs, programs and performance promotional materials.
Judith JamisonThe 50th Inductee to the Hall of Fame, Judith Jamison is a world famous dancer and choreographer, most notably for her work with Alvin Ailey Dance Theater. On display are a number of memorabilia from her personal collection and the Ailey Archives, including her costumes from Cry and Revelations, two of her most exceptional performances. This interactive exhibit also features costumes designed by Jamison, original artwork, photographs and awards.
Hall of FameThe Mr. & Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney Hall of Fame honors dance professionals who have made a major impact in the world of dance. Now home to over forty inductees, the Hall of Fame is the only of its kind and is one of two permanent exhibits at the National Museum of Dance. View a list of our 50 inductees.
Hall of Fame Inductees are selected by the museum's Nomination Committee. Learn more about the members of the committee.