Edmonton Ballet dances into a new era with new relationships


So long Citie Ballet.

Hello Ballet Edmonton.

The city’s oldest contemporary ballet company has re-positioned itself with a new name and several new professional associations.

As the former Citie Ballet – now Ballet Edmonton – takes a name change the company will also start a new partnership with the Fine Arts & Communications Faculty at MacEwan University involving a performance space and other possible collaborations.

Finally, Ballet Edmonton has announced that one of Canada’s most acclaimed choreographers Wen Wei Wang will take over as its new artistic director for the 2018-2019 season. Details of several shows for that season were also part of a recent announcement.

On the name change, the company’s executive director Sheri Sommerville explained that the old name “Citie Ballet” has inspired a bit of confusion over the years.

“As I’ve made more friends in the ballet community across the country I realized people were always asking me where we were from, so this has been percolating for a while. We want to proudly say to the city, ‘we are your ballet company’, and with all these other changes it seemed like the right time to change the name itself.”

The proximity of the new MacEwan arts building Allard Hall in the downtown area was part of the inspiration for Ballet Edmonton’s new partnership with the university. Located on 104 avenue, MacEwan’s Allard Hall is just a few blocks from the company’s rehearsal studios in the Ruth Carse Centre for Dance on 107 avenue.

Sommerville touched on a possible association with MacEwan last year in conversations with Allan Gilliland, dean of the university’s Fine Arts & Communications Faculty. As she explains, the partnership means there’s a new permanent performance space for Ballet Edmonton in Allard Hall’s new 415-seat Triffo Theatre but there’s much more to the agreement.

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Source:: Edmonton Journal

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