The Tutu Project

The Tutu Project


The Firebird

The Firebird from The Firebird - First Performed November 10, 2000. Designed by Santo Loquasto. Photo by Setareh Sarmadi.

This tutu has been worn by Jennifer Fournier and Greta Hodgkinson, two of The National Ballet of Canada’s recent Principal Dancers.  Based on the Russian folk tale of the same name, The Firebird was a co-production with Houston Ballet and was choreographed by former National Ballet Artistic Director James Kudelka. The myth about Prince Ivan, the Firebird, the enchanted garden and grotesque attendant monsters of Kastchei the Deathless and his imprisoned princesses was the next in a series of collaborations between Kudelka and designer Santo Loquasto. The mythical landscape was inspired by the ancient civilizations of South America and featured lush golds and greens to create a glistening tropical paradise. Ruins of Mayan statues were the inspiration for the elaborate headdresses while the elaborate face masks and colourful body paintings suggest traditional Incan cultures.

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