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Strictly Ballroom Story exhibition at Sydney Powerhouse Museum

April 5, 2014toJune 6, 2014



* SYDNEY Strictly Ballroom exhibition

Strictly Ballroom, the hit stage and screen musical, in a new exhibition celebrating all its sequinned splendour

Strictly Ballroom has been setting the world a-dancing for 30 years so to celebrate its incredible journey, the Powerhouse Museum is presenting the exhibition – The Strictly Ballroom Story featuring 40 dazzling original costumes created by four time Oscar winner Catherine Martin.

  • From Saturday 5 April 2014
  • 10.00am to 5.00pm daily
  • Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo

Admission: Free with general admission: $12 adult, $6 child, $8 concession, $30 family

Strictly Ballroom, the exhibition, tells the hit stage and screen musical story in all its sequinned glory through design drawings, cast and set photos, performance and rehearsal clips.

“The Strictly Ballroom costumes are part of a significant collection – including designs and costumes from other Bazmark productions – created by Catherine Martin and generously donated to the Museum.

In 1984 Strictly Ballroom began life as a group-devised student musical at NIDA, before a longer version was developed in 1986 for the International Festival of Theatre Academies in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia (Slovakia). The young cast including Nell Schofield, Sonia Todd and Baz Luhrmann won the prize for best production at the Festival.

Strictly Ballroom returned to Sydney two years later, via the Brisbane Expo, for a season at the Sydney Theatre Company, again as a stage musical with Glenn Keenan taking the lead role of Scott while Tara Morice made her debut as Fran. After years of reworking, research and spruiking for backers, the 1992 movie took Strictly Ballroom to the world. Now the show is returning to its theatrical roots, with the World Premiere taking place on Saturday 12 April at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre.

Strictly Ballroom’s theme is Scott and Fran’s battle for individual expression against the old-school leaders of the dance competition world. As the blurb for the 1988 Wharf production put it: ‘Scott Hastings is trapped in a world where every dancer knows their place. In a world where no one dares to step on the toes of the Federation. In a world that is Strictly Ballroom’.

Website: http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/



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