Ballets Russes: Concealed Histories

24 March, 29 May - 29 June 2020



Ballets Russes: Concealed Histories is the MA Curating and Collections interim show 2020. The exhibition presented a survey of Ballets Russes garments, showcasing myriad details that contributed to their recognition as one of the most influential ballet companies of the 20th century.  It examined how the costumes offer a historical and contemporary reconsideration of the ballet troupe in terms of its design, choreography and music.

Initially intended to be held at the Triangle Space, the exhibition went through several phases to adapt to Covid-19 lockdown measures. Utilising resources we gathered thus far, we first organised a research display at the Exhibition Studio Workshop (ESW) within the MACC Hub.


As it wasn't opened to the public, we critically deliberated and reconfigured our curatorial methods to engage with wider audiences. My proposal to organise a mail exhibition on top of our online platform was successfully implemented. At that time, the absences and presences within public spaces corresponded to the show's overarching concept of hauntology. The mail exhibition presented an accessible approach in curating collections that is catered to marginalised audience with minimal internet access.

Online Platform:

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Installation view of Ballets Russes: Concealed Histories Research Display at ESW, Online and Analogue Exhibition
Images by Seowon Nam and Celina Loh