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Les Sortilèges and their Wardrobe: 33 Years of Costumes from Here and Elsewhere
Centre de Documentation Marius-Barbeau
Montréal , Quebec

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   The exhibition “Les
Sortilèges and their
Wardrobe: 33 Years of
Costumes from Here and
Elsewhere”, presented by the
Marius-Barbeau Centre,
intends to awaken memories as
it unveils Les Sortilèges
dance troupe's costumes
during the years it was under

the direction of Jimmy di
Genova. The troupe's odyssey
began in 1966 when Di Genova
gathered a group of high
school boys and girls to form
an amateur folk dance troupe.
During the 33 years he
directed them, he brought
them from amateur to
professional status, turning

them into the National Folk
Dance Ensemble. Les
Sortilèges performed in
Canada and in several other
countries across the world
where they stood out for
their presentation of refined
folk dancing, drawn from the
rich diversity of Québec
culture. Di Genova, the

director and founder of the
troupe, retired in 1999 and
the dance troupe, under a new
artistic director, continued
until 2007.
   The Marius-Barbeau
Documentation Centre was
created by Jimmy Di Genova in
1977, while he was also
involved with Les Sortilèges

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