MN Ballet Begins to Move Beyond Storm Damage

Aug 16, 2016

The Minnesota Ballet's mice costumes for "The Nutcracker," flattened by storm rubble.
Credit Minnesota Ballet

  For many in Duluth, the July 21st storm significantly altered the landscape of their homes and neighborhoods.  Conversations have been primarily about trees and residential structures. Yet the damage in the Twin Ports also affected some downtown businesses, notably those in the historic Board of Trade Building on West 1st Street in Downtown Duluth. 

The Minnesota Ballet's offices and rehearsal/performance space in that structure were significantly damaged in the storm, including many unique repertory costumes that were buried under the rubble of a collapsed chimney.  Finally, yesterday, they were able to literally unearth the costumes and begin assessing their condition.  We talk with Robert Gardner, the Artistic Executive Director of the Minnesota Ballet about the next steps and their plans for the future.