Past Exhibits: Beyond the Barre: the Triangle Youth Ballet

April 11, 2002 . May 26, 2002


This eclectic exhibit features scenery and costumes from the Triangle Youth Ballet's annual Nutcracker performance, including many items made by local artists and craftspeople, as well as the photographs of Catherine Carter. Carter has followed the dance company for over two years and has captured its young artists in quiet concentration as they endeavor to master the forms, phrases, and gestures that transform their bodies into storytelling media.

The Triangle Youth Ballet is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1995 to give young dancers a repertory performance experience. The Ballet is proud of its many graduates who have gone on to train in other companies and programs across the country. Catherine Carter is a photographer who lives and works in Chapel Hill.


Much of the exhibit centers around the fabulous costumes and set pieces of the company's annual "Nutcracker" performance. This cannon is actually used to shoot cheese every year, although the propellant system has evolved over time. Note the "China Tea" teapot behind the cannon. A dancer enters the stage inside the pot.


At the exhibit's opening, a ballerina poses near her image
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