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Nutcracker’s Heaviest Tutu

Nutcracker’s Heaviest Tutu

Wearing this Tutu is a Workout!

Martin Pakledinaz designed the more than 40 tutus that appear in San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker, from the Snowflakes’ winter whites to the Flowers’ pastel hues. One of these outranks the rest, however—at least in terms of weight. The “mechanical” ballerina doll that Drosselmeyer brings to the Stahlbaums’ party in Act 1 wears Nutcracker’s heaviest tutu. Her tutu weighs 18 pounds! 


Nutcracker returns to the War Memorial Opera House this season! Catch the holiday classic from December 10–30, 2021. Tickets on sale now!

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Header image: SF Ballet in Tomasson’s Nutcracker // © Erik Tomasson