Edmonton Extended Residency 2014

 

Edmonton Extended Residency 2014

Generously Sponsored by John and Judy Cosco

 

We believe that it is our responsibility to not only to produce excellent art and share it with its community, but also to engage with that community, giving insight and transparency into the creative process and providing opportunities for engagement. Our community needs more opportunities to engage with the Arts, to experience them in an intimate, behind-the-scenes way, and to connect directly and viscerally. Giving people these opportunities will make the Arts an integral part of people’s lives and an intrinsic part of our community.

 

In 2014, The Edmonton Residency will see the artists of Alberta Ballet, including Artistic Director Jean Grand-Maître, spend a week in Edmonton at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium completing the final rehearsals for the premiere of the eternal classic Giselle, one of the only Romantic ballets remaining in the world repertoire. School groups, young dance students, and members of the public will be invited to various events, in addition to our other community stakeholders, such as donors and sponsors.

 

Participants will have the unique opportunity to watch Alberta Ballet’s incredible artists at work as they prepare for the latest in our series of evening-length portraits of music legends. Open rehearsals will give participants the opportunity to watch our artists in an “up close and personal” setting. The week will contain several community activities, including but not limited to:

 

  • an expanded free public lecture (Ballet 101) with an opportunity to view a working rehearsal, with an increased capacity from previous years;
  • opportunities for Alberta Ballet to work with Kids Up Front Edmonton and their partner agencies who serve families and children who would never otherwise have the chance to interact with professional artists and see them up close, through specially arranged “field trips” to view rehearsals and tour our backstage areas;
  • in partnership with the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium and local schools, the opportunity for student groups to view our Production staff as they set up the technical aspects of the performance, such as the sets and lighting, and to experience a working rehearsal of the production, including a presentation on the making of a ballet.

 

The 2014 Edmonton Residency brings strong benefit to the Edmonton community. By opening up the creative process, we build strong connections to community members. People will be able to observe and experience the process of the creation of a new ballet “up close and personal” as it is happening. This initiative also offers opportunities to engage and inspire children and youth through the arts. Young artists will be able to have contact with professional artists, some of whom may not be that much older than they are. They will have an opportunity to have a behind the scenes look at the process, creating access and understanding of the role the arts can play in society and in their future lives. All 2014 Edmonton Residency activities will be free of charge, thus removing any economic barriers to participation. All of these ingredients will combine to produce an atmosphere where Edmontonians can build strong, personal connections to the arts and to ballet.

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