Choreographic Associate and Artist-in-Residence, Alberta Ballet
Edmund Stripe was born in London, England and trained at the Royal Ballet School where his distinguished teachers included Walter Trevor, Nancy Kilgour, Piers Beaumont and Richard Glasstone. A prolific choreographer, Edmund has established a notable career in both contemporary and classical ballet fields as both dancer and ballet master.
In 1980 he joined Ballet Gulbenkian (Portugal) as a soloist, dancing in works by such choreographers as Hans van Manen, Jiri Kylian, Lar Lubovitch, Christopher Bruce, Louis Falco, Peter Sparling and Elisa Monte. He created his first professional choreographic work, Construction in Metal No.1 to music by John Cage in 1983.
In 1984, Mr. Stripe moved to London City Ballet and, as a principal dancer, he performed all the major works of the company at that time including Giselle, Coppelia, Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet. He created Continuum (The Race Against Time) for a gala performance attended by Princess Diana in 1985.
From 1987 to 1997 Mr. Stripe was principal dancer with West Australian Ballet, dancing in works by George Balanchine, Graeme Murphy, Barry Moreland, Stephen Baynes, Natalie Weir, Michael Vernon, Gideon Obarzanek and Leigh Warren.
During this time, he also created many major works for the company including Strange Territory (1989/1998), The Walk to the Paradise Garden (1990), Nexus (1993), The Night of the Four Moons (1995), Speed Display (1998), Colours (1998), Boyce Interludes (1999), Don Quixote Variations (1999) and Pictures at an Exhibition (2000) He also produced four full-length ballets for children Bats Balls and Ballet, Live on 5, Ashe of the Outback and Malice Through the Looking Glass.
Other commissions include Symphony No.1, Opus 25 (1993), Five Love Poems (1996) and Piano Concerto No. 2, Opus 102 (2007) for Singapore Dance Theatre and other works for The West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, The Cecchetti Society of Australia (now Cecchetti Ballet Australia), The Royal Academy of Dance, Steps Youth Dance Company and Margrete Helgeby’s Loaded project. He was appointed Ballet Master for West Australian Ballet in 1998.
Mr. Stripe holds the prestigious Enrico Cecchetti Final Diploma (Distinction) and was appointed an honourary member of the Cecchetti Society of Australia (now Cecchetti Ballet Australia) in 1999.
Mr. Stripe joined Singapore Dance Theatre as Ballet Master in 2000. He assisted in the mounting of works by choreographers such as Jiri Kylian, Nacho Duarto, Stanton Welch, Jan de Schynkel, Boi Sakti, Choo San Goh, Tierry Malandain, Richard Wherlock, Joachim Schloemer as well as continuing to create and remount his own works.
In 2002, Mr. Stripe was invited to join Alberta Ballet as Ballet Master. Here he assisted with the mounting of works by Jean Grand-Maître, George Balanchine, Christopher Wheeldon, Rudi van Danzig, Kirk Peterson, Agnes de Mille, Emily Molnar and others.
Mr. Stripe’s works for Alberta Ballet include Unquiet Light (2003), Swelter (2005), the extremely popular Alice in Wonderland (2006) and the critically acclaimed production of The Nutcracker (2008) performed annually by the company across Canada. His work has also been seen in Calgary Opera’s productions of La Traviata and Aida and with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra in concert performances of Capriccio Espagnol.
In 2011, Mr. Stripe accepted an invitation to join the teaching faculty at the New Zealand School of Dance and restaged Symphony No.1, Opus 25 for the school’s graduation season 2012.
In July 2013, Mr. Stripe was appointed Artistic Director of the School of Alberta Ballet. In the 2016-2017 Season, Mr. Stripe has taken on a new position with Alberta Ballet but will continue to work with the School's artistic team for School of Alberta Ballet productions. This new position will help the School and Company benefit from the collective talents of these artistic teams.