The Tutu Project

The Tutu Project


Natalie Leung and Sonia Dvorak

Designed and built by Natalie Leung and Sonia Dvorak from Canada's National Ballet School's Wardrobe Department. Photo by Setareh Sarmadi.

Referencing the visual motif from Swan Lake, the platter of this tutu is covered in fabric feathers fading from black to white. Just as Odile is the polar opposite of Odette, ballet dancers must channel completely different facets of their dancing often within a single performance. From the most classical ballet to contemporary movement, a professional dancer is expected to perform them all. The National Ballet of Canada and its dancers cover the whole spectrum with grace and ease; from black to white and all the greys in between.

Sonia Dvorak was a student at Canada’s National Ballet School from 2007 to 2011. She graduated in June 2011, and is now a dancer with Ballett Kiel located in Kiel, Germany. The company, which will present classical and contemporary works, is new and Sonia is pleased to be part of their inaugural season.

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