Citie Ballet frequently works with local musicians and artists to bring performances that reflect Edmonton’s collaborative spirit. We are fiercely proud to be part of the vibrant arts and culture community, and to tour, collaborate and partner with various local arts groups throughout the season.
Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Brett began dancing at the age of seven. Upon graduation from high school, he was accepted into the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School where he graduated from the Professional Division in 2007. After completing a year of the Aspirant Program, Brett joined Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet as an apprentice, performing works by Mauricio Wainrot, Mark Godden, Itzik Galili, Rudi van Dantzig and Jorden Morris to name a few.
In 2009, Brett joined BJM Danse Montreal where he had the opportunity to work with choreographers such as Wen Wei Wang, Aszure Barton, Mauro Bigonzetti, Cayetano Soto, Barak Marshal and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. He was also a guest performer with companies such as Ballet British Columbia, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens and Wen Wei Dance, as well as independent works by choreographers James Gregg, Andrew Skeels and Penny Saunders.
Equally drawn to theatre, Brett has also appeared in Evita (Vancouver Opera), Billy Elliott, Cabaret (Red Mountain Theatre Company), Dance Legends (Grand Theatre), The Addams Family (Neptune Theatre), Guys and Dolls, New York, New York (Drewitz Dance Productions), The Producers, The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast and Good News (Rainbow Stage). Television and film credits include Make it Happen music videos for both Kreesha Turner and Lydia Ainsworth.
As a choreographer, Brett premiered his first work in First Steps during his time as a student at the RWB. During his time in Montreal, he also produced and directed Déchaîné, a program featuring new works choreographed by the dancers of BJM Danse. Brett’s work has also been featured in schools across Canada, most recently including the RWB Professional Program and the RWB Aspirant Program.
Alysa Pires is an Honours BFA graduate from Ryerson Theatre School and completed her Dancer-in-Residency at the Heliconian Club of Toronto this past season. Her extensive career has brought original works to many dance companies across Canada, as well as her newly founded company, Alysa Pires Dance Projects, which made its full-length debut at the 2016 Toronto Fringe Festival.
Her work in theatre includes choreography for ten musicals on an international scale in a series of world premiere plays by Judith Thompson, Velina Hasu Houston and Timberlake Wertenbaker. In July 2014, Alysa represented Canada and performed as part of the Tin Forest Theatre Festival in Glasgow, Scotland in celebration of the Commonwealth Games.
Alysa was the sole North American, and only female, selected as one of four international choreographers to participate in DanceEast’s ChoreoLab in Ipswich, UK in April 2013 and also participated in Toronto’s Emerging Artist Intensive in 2014.
Edmonton-based Maria Dunn performs at folk festivals, theatres and conferences across Canada, Europe (UK Tour 2015; 2008 Celtic Connections, Glasgow; Netherlands 2011) and the US (2006 Smithsonian Folk Life Festival, Washington, DC).
As a past Juno-nominated songwriter, Maria draws deeply on the folk tradition of storytelling through song. Melding North American roots music with her Scottish-Irish heritage, she sings about the resilience and grace of “ordinary” people, past and present.
With producer Shannon Johnson, she released Gathering (April 2016), a collection of songs inspired by love—the love of family, community and humanity that connects us and fires our actions to make the world a better place.
Her previous five independent recordings include: Piece By Piece (2013 Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee), The Peddler (2009 CFMA Nominee), and For A Song (2002 Juno Nominee).
Ron Pederson is an award winning actor and improviser, as well as writer and director. Ron has appeared across Canada with the nation’s foremost theatres including The Stratford Festival, Soulpepper Theatre, The Tarragon Theatre, The Canadian Stage Company, The Arts Club Theatre Company, Vancouver Playhouse, Theatre Passe Muraille, Theatre Network, Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre, Citadel Theatre, The Freewill Shakespeare Festival, and Teatro La Quindicina.
Ron has also created and improvised with companies in cities across the globe including Oslo, Berlin, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, Chicago and at the Barrow Street Theatre in New York City. Ron may be best known for his 3 seasons on FOX Television’s MADtv. Other TV credits include The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS), Murdoch Mysteries, InSecurity (CBC), Degrassi: The Next Generation (CTV), and Sidekick (YTV). He is a multiple Canadian Comedy award winner, including Best Improviser, and the recipient of a Sterling Award and the RBC Arts Professional Award. He’s been nominated for Vancouver’s Jessie Award and he’s a two-time nominee for Toronto’s Dora Award (Best Actor). Ron can next be seen in The Freewill Shakespeare Festival this summer in Edmonton.
Yukichi began his training in Tokyo, Japan before attending the Hamburg Ballet School in Hamburg, Germany. Upon graduation, Yukichi joined the Hamburg Ballet and rose to the rank of Soloist. During his time in Hamburg, Yukichi danced many soloist and principal roles and performed as a guest artist with the Bavarian State Opera in Munich.
Under the mentorship of director John Neumeier, Yukichi began to explore choreography and has been developing his choreographic voice. In 2006, Yukichi joined the Alberta Ballet as a principal dancer and has delighted audiences in roles such as Elton Fan in Love Lies Bleeding, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Mozart in Requiem.
Yukichi has been an active choreographer for Alberta Ballet creating Tubular Bells, Seven Deadly Sins, Temple, Carmen, and Rite to name a few. He has also created works in Japan and for the Hamburg Ballet. Along with his career as a dancer and choreographer, Yukichi has found time to share his knowledge and skills as a teacher in ballet and contemporary both locally and internationally.
Nulle Part is an electronic production duo that makes hazy melancholic music inspired by the concepts of place, longing and loss. To achieve their rich, layered sound, the duo utilizes an arsenal of analogue synthesizers and drum machines, detuned cut-up vocals, and clouded pianos. Their music is then further washed by their shared love of vintage tape delay and reverb units.
Active since 2012, Nulle Part has participated in a wide range of interdisciplinary art, dance and film projects, including performing as part of the Art Gallery of Alberta’s “SONAR” sound art exhibition (featuring Yukichi Hattori), soundscaping the Edmonton Arts Council’s “Ramble in the Bramble” installation art show, composing a 30 minute piece for Yukichi Hattori’s “Solo?” ballet production at Calgary’s Fluid Festival, and scoring Edmonton filmmaker Kellen Frost’s “Zero” film and trailer, among others.
Duo: Ben Good and Jason Troock
Andrea House is thrilled to share the stage with these talented dancers and musicians. Recent credits include Folkswaggin‘ (Mayfield Dinner Theatre), Forget Me Not (Fort Edmonton) and In the Stardust of a Song (Cabaret series, Citadel Theatre). A Sterling Award winner, Andrea has performed with many theatre companies including Teatro La Quindicina, Shadow Theatre, Theatre Network and Theatre Calgary.
Andrea’s own music has been featured in many radio, television and film projects including The Vinyl Cafe (CBC). This summer she performed with members of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra at the C’mon Festival. Andrea also wrote and performed in the music filled adventure, Valentine’s Train, at the Edmonton Fringe Festival. Other musical highlights include performing at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival and opening for The Blind Boys of Alabama at the Winspear Centre.
Chris Andrew is a Galaxy Rising Star Award winner pianist, with 24 years of experience in the music industry. His band, The Hutchinson Andrew Trio, won the prestigious “TD Grand Prix Award” at the Montreal Jazz Festival in 2013. As a bandleader, he has been nominated five times for the Western Canadian Music Awards’ “Best Jazz Recording”. He has also had the honour of working many times with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.
Currently, Chris is working on co-writing the music for a Decidedly Jazz Dance production, and composing music for the Alberta Dance Theatre production of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. He is also composing and arranging music for the Hutchinson Andrew Trio, The Lily String Quartet’s upcoming album and plans to record his own solo piano work.
Guest Ballet Mistress
Caroline was trained at the Royal Ballet School in London, England for 9 years, and upon graduation, joined the Het Nationale Ballet in Amsterdam, where she danced for 6 years.
Caroline danced with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet from 1988-2000. Since 2007, she has been teaching, coaching and setting repertoire in the Professional and Recreational Divisions of the RWB School.
She also works extensively with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company, mainly assisting in the staging of classical pieces such as Giselle, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty.
Caroline’s main focus with the RWB School is now the Aspirant Program, a full-time, intensive, post-secondary training program designed for advanced level classical ballet dancers who are making the transition from student to professional dancer.
Guest Ballet Instructor
Johnny Chang comes with a lengthy and impressive history of international ballet experience. Originally from the People’s Republic of China, Johnny began his craft as a principal dancer with the National Ballet of China, touring with the company in the US, UK and Russia. He began his North American career with the Houston Ballet in 1979 and returned home to the Beijing Dance Academy Ballet Company in 1981.
Starting to grow Canadian roots, Johnny joined the Royal Winnipeg Ballet as principal dancer in 1992 and moved on to become a Resident Guest Artist in 1999/2000. He was appointed to full-time Ballet Master in 2002 and Senior Ballet Master in 2010.
Internationally renowned, Johnny has studied and worked with many acclaimed teachers and choreographers, including Ben Stevenson, Dame Margot Fonteyn, Dame Alicia Markova, Sir Anton Dolin, Rudolf Nureyev, Sir Peter Wright, Rudi van Dantzig, Alexander Grant, Melissa Haydem, Ronald Hand, Azari M. Plissetski, Yuri Grigorovich, Merle Park, Sallie Wilson, Merrill Ashley, Faith Worth, Galina Yordanova, Mark Godden and Val Caniparoli.