The Tutu Project

The Tutu Project


Clea Minaker

Designed and built by Clea Minaker. Photo by Marta Ryczko.

Clea fused both light and sound to create this piece. A crystal garden of prisms has been strategically sewn into the underside of the tutu, animating it with movement, color, and music as a reflection of the garment’s occupant: the dancer.

Clea Minaker is a performer, director and designer living in Montreal. She trained at International Institute of Puppetry Arts in Charleville-Mezieres (2002-2005) and has worked in Canada and internationally in theatre, film, performance and live music. In 2007 and 2008 she toured with Feist on The Reminder Tour creating and performing a live shadow show and video manipulations. In 2009 she was awarded the Siminovitch Protégé prize by Siminovitch (Theatre Design) prize winner Ronnie Burkett. Her upcoming projects include a solo performance piece entitled The Book of Thel, and a collaboration with Atom Egoyan at the Canadian Opera Company in 2013.

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Top image credit: The National Ballet of Canada tutus on display. Photo by Setareh Sarmadi.