The Tutu Project

The Tutu Project


Royal Winnipeg Ballet

Designed and built by Shannon Lovelace, Roslynne Manson, Alena Zharska, Brenda Belmonte and Anne Armit on behalf of Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Photo by Setareh Sarmadi.

This tutu was created by members of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Wardrobe Department and draws inspiration from the unique colors and textures of Winnipeg’s four distinct and beautiful seasons. The crystal basque represents both spring and winter: the first crocus of spring is surrounded with white lace, dripping with silver snowflakes and cast acrylic icicles. The silk organza plate represents both autumn and summer, covered with shades of ombred midnight blue, russet and gold finishes, and a pale sky blue.

Founded in 1939 by Gweneth Lloyd and Betty Farrally, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet holds the double distinction of being Canada’s premier ballet company and one of the oldest ballet companies in North America. In 1958, Arnold Spohr was appointed Artistic Director. Under his direction, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet grew and developed to take its place among the world’s internationally renowned companies. The company embraces a wide array of dance styles, which include classical story ballets and an intriguing collection of shorter dances.

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