We’re proud of Edmonton. We’re proud of this city’s incredible year-round festivals, amazing places to dine and drink, a state-of-the-art arena that will welcome our Oilers this fall, and a new world-class museum on the horizon. We’re especially proud of our growing arts community and our long-term collaborative relationship with Edmonton-based not-for-profit groups such as Citie Ballet and the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts.
For the past four years, Citie Ballet has held professional status, bringing new fusions of contemporary and classical ballet to Edmonton. And for those same four years, and many years before, Odvod has proudly provided creative, administrative (and occasionally emotional!) support to the small, but mighty, dance troupe.
Having just wrapped up its 2015/2016 season last month, the last production, aptly named Evolution, was a true embodiment of the changes and growth the company has experienced this past year.
Citie Ballet warmly welcomed new artistic director, Jorden Morris, returning to his Albertan roots, and his first full season with the company. New dancers joined the roster with wonderfully complementary skillsets.
Two of the three productions this season showcased original works by three emerging choreographers – and all from our own backyard! Kiera Keglowitsch, Lydia Redpath and Shaun Gheyssen, all dancers with Citie Ballet, traded in their dancer hats for choreographer’s and premiered their works to captivated crowds.
Likewise, Odvod continues to show its pride in its city by supporting Citie Ballet through these changes. We are fiercely proud of where we come from and feel honoured to be a part of the vibrant artistic tapestry of Edmonton.