The Tutu Project photographs are dedicated to help fundraise for the Carey Foundation for women with breast cancer. The man in the photographs, Bob Carey’s wife Linda has battled breast cancer twice since 2006, and Bob started this project to raise funds and awareness. Print sales donate 20% of net proceeds to the Carey Foundation.
47. Rita Tesolin, Selected by the Fashion Design Council of Canada.
Embellished with butterflies and Austrian crystal, this tutu references the Diamond Anniversary of The National Ballet of Canada and the graceful movements of its dancers. The artist chose the butterfly because, in flight, butterflies appear to dance and are exceptionally beautiful and elegant. Like dancers, they inspire awe in all who watch them.
Officially launching her design career in 2003, Rita Tesolin was quickly labeled the “Stone Angel” for her stunning presentations of precious and semi-precious stones in her jewellery creations. Tesolin has collaborated with many Canadian fashion designers, including David Dixon, Evan Biddell and Lucien Matis. She was chosen one of Elle Canada’s “Hot 100” in 2008 and was crowned the “Queen of Costume Jewellery” by Flare in the same year.
We’re happy to announce that Bob and Linda’s story is one of 25 photo stories featured in our new book For Love, published by Chronicle Books! The official release date is March 15, 2016, and the book is currently available to pre-order at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Indie Bound.
For our 60th anniversary last year, we asked members of the Toronto LGBT community to create a special tutu as part of our Tutu Project. The tutu is made up of hundreds of paper feathers with messages of love and hope.
The National Ballet wishes everyone a happy and festive Pride weekend!
The National Ballet of Canada and The Volunteer Committee are celebrating 60 years of partnership by engaging our friends, audience members and professional designers from across the country in creating a collection of 60 original tutus.
This interactive and international art and community-outreach project will include costumes from great moments in the company’s history and original pieces created by artists from Dance Victoria, The Port Theatre, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Alberta Ballet, Giles Deacon for The English National Ballet, designers from the Fashion Design Council of Canada, our talented staff, and YOU!
In 2011, the Tutu Project hosted design opportunities for the public at Word On The Street Toronto, Toronto Pride, Culture Days, and the official Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa.