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Doing the Steps - Edward Gorey and the Dance of Art

Dates vary between April 12, 2022 - December 31, 2022
  • 8 Strawberry Lane, Yarmouth Port, MA 02675
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    • Dates: Dates vary between April 12, 2022 - December 31, 2022
    • Recurrence: Recurring daily
    • Location: Edward Gorey House

    Perhaps to really understand the work of Edward Gorey one would have had to sit through about 30 years of dance at the New York City Ballet—from approximately 1953 to 1983 (with shaving a few years off at each end—let’d say 25 years, give or take a few years). Gorey once said that he could visualize that progression of ballets in his head, like a movie he could play forward or backward, decades of form and movement and story—literally, at his fingertips.

    Edward Gorey’s infatuation with the NYCB was centered on the choreography of George Balanchine, whose corps de ballet performed his works like a finely tuned instrument. Whether Gorey actually attended every performance of the NYCB between 1953 and 1983 is, to be honest, open to some conjecture. His friend Robert Greskovic maintains that Edward averaged 160 shows a year—not including all the Nutcrackers. While there is rumor that some ticket stubs were thrown away shortly after his death, those remaining here at the House attest to hundreds of performances some years, less on other years—but certainly not every performance. Whether these tickets represent all, or half, or a mere third of Edward’s actual attendances, they nonetheless reveal a profound devotion to a company and its choreographer.


    2022 Hours for the Edward Gorey House are as follows: Spring Hours: April 7 to July 3:
    Thu/Fri/Sat: 11am-4pm; Sun: 12-4pm. Summer Hours: July 6 to Oct 9: Wed thru Sat: 11am-4pm; Sun: 12-4pm. Fall/Winter Hours: Oct 14 to Dec 31: Fri/Sat: 11am-4pm; Sun: 12-4pm.

    Reservations are not required—but recommended by calling 508-362-3909

     House Admission: Adults: $8.00; Students, Teachers & Seniors: (65+): $5.00,

    Children 6-12 years old: $2.00; Children under 6: free.

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    Edward Gorey House

    8 Strawberry Lane, Yarmouth Port, MA 02675