Artist Edward Gorey’s love of ballet focus of Cape Cod museum display

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 tribute to his decades-long fandom of the New York City Ballet and the choreography of director George Balanchine, whom Gorey often cited as his inspiration and muse.

Gorey was known for his art and writing, as well as designing sets and costumes (though not for dance or his beloved ballet company) but is also well-known in some circles as the man who attended the New York City Ballet every night for 30 years, according to Gorey House curator Gregory Hischak.

That’s not true. But Gorey did see “more of (the performances) than probably anyone else,” except perhaps Balanchine, Hischak said. Ticket stubs that will be part of this year’s exhibit indicate about 150 shows per year and often more than 200, he said, including virtually every annual “Nutcracker” performance for 30-plus years (including matinees).

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

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