The Tutu Project

The Tutu Project


Jennifer Zimmerman

Designed and built by Jennifer Zimmerman, Senior Manager of Special Events for The National Ballet of Canada. Photo by Ryan Chan.

Composed of 60 hand-painted pointe shoes to represent the National Ballet’s 60-year history, this tutu marries the two most iconic elements of classical ballet: the pointe shoe and the tutu. The shoes belong to the dancers of the National Ballet and have been worn in rehearsal, class and performance. By juxtaposing elements from ballet with the artist’s personal style and medium, this piece emerges as a mixed media celebration of dance.

Jennifer Zimmerman studied Illustration at Sheridan College and has worked as the Senior Manager of Special Events for The National Ballet of Canada since 2005. Although relatively new to ballet, she has developed a true appreciation for the art form and is inspired repeatedly by the drive, determination and talent of the dancers and everyone within the company that supports them.

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