Artist Edward Gorey’s Love of Ballet at Center of Cape Cod Museum Exhibit

The Edward Gorey House opens its 2022 season on April 7 with a featured exhibition on one of the artist-author-designer’s favorite pastimes – and the truth behind an urban myth.

“Doing the Steps: Edward Gorey and the Dance of Art” pays homage to his decades-long New York City Ballet fandom and the choreography of director George Balanchine, whom Gorey has often cited as his inspiration and muse.

Gorey was known for his art and writing, as well as set and costume design (though not for dancing or his beloved ballet company), but he is also well known in some circles as the man who attended the New York City Ballet nightly for 30 years. years, according to Gorey House curator Gregory Hischak.

It’s not true. But Gorey saw “more (performances) than probably anyone else,” except maybe Balanchine, Hischak said. Ticket stubs that will be part of this year’s exhibit show about 150 shows a year and often more than 200, he said, including virtually every annual ‘Nutcracker’ performance for more than 30 years. (including mornings).

“Not every show, but certainly a powerful testament to one man’s dedication to a ballet company and its choreographer,” Hischak wrote in an announcement for the exhibit.

“Doing the Steps”, named after a famous Balanchine quote, sits among the regular exhibits at the Yarmouth harbor house where Gorey – best known for several books, the credits to “Masterpiece: Mystery!” of PBS series and his award-winning sets for Broadway’s “Dracula” – lived and worked for years before his death in 2000. The new exhibition explores both Gorey’s works directly related to dance and the NYCB, while showing how Balanchine’s works “became a vast creative reservoir for Gorey,” Hischak said.

“Movement and rhythm, storyless stories and fragmented narratives – all aspects of Balanchine’s world – are reflected in Edward’s own works. In fact, “Doing the Steps” suggests that virtually all of Edward’s books function as dance pieces. »

The museum is located at 8 Strawberry Lane in Yarmouth Harbour. Visits will be on time according to this opening schedule: April 7 to July 3, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday; July 3-Oct. 9 a.m., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday; Oct. 14-Dec. 31, these hours from Friday to Sunday.

Admission: $8; $5 for students, teachers and seniors 65 and over; $2 for 6-12 year olds, free for children under 6. Information and reservations: [email protected], www.edwardgoreyhouse.org, 508-362-3909.

Due to the museum’s COVID-19 policy, capacity restrictions are in place, so reservations are recommended; proof of vaccination is not required; masks will be mandatory at the start of the season and will be re-addressed as needed.

Contact Kathi Scrizzi Driscoll at [email protected] Follow on Twitter: @KathiSDCCT.

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