Edmund Stripe

Edmund Stripe was born in London, England and trained at the Royal Ballet School. A prolific choreographer, Edmund has established a notable career in both contemporary and classical ballet fields.

From 1980 to 1984, Edmund performed as a soloist dancer with Ballet Gulbenkian in Lisbon, Portugal, working with many influential contemporary choreographers of the time including Jiri Kylian, Hans van Manen, Lar Lubovitch, Christopher Bruce, Louis Falco, Peter Sparling, Elisa Monte and resident choreographer Vasco Wellenkamp. He also created four works for the company including Construction in Metal No.1, his first professional choreographic work

Joining London City Ballet in 1984, as Soloist and later Principal dancer, he worked with Christopher Gable, Galina Samsova, Lynn Seymour, Andre Prokovsky and Jack Carter on works of a more classical nature. In 1985 his work Continuum (The Race Against Time) was presented to Princess Diana at a Royal Gala at Sadler's Wells Theatre.

Edmund moved to West Australian Ballet in 1987. Throughout a twelve-year career with the company, he danced a wide variety of roles in the works of Barry Moreland, George Balanchine, Jaqui Carroll, Garth Welch, Gideon Obarzanek and Stephen Baynes among others. He also created many classic character interpretations including 'The Boatman' in Orpheus, 'Bottom' in A Midsummer Night's Dream, 'Claudius' in Hamlet (all Moreland) and 'Odelia Swan', Hilda Swan's mother in Chrissie Parrott's radical reworking of Coppelia recently shown on ABC TV.

He has choreographed over twenty major works for West Australian Ballet's repertoire including Strange Territory, The Walk to the Paradise Garden, Nexus, Sixteen 24, The Night of the Four Moons and Concerto 12, Opus 3, for which he was awarded a medal at the 1993 Tokyo International Choreography Competition.

In 1993, he produced his first work for Singapore Dance Theatre, Symphony No1, Opus 25, returning in 1996 as guest ballet master and to create Five Love Poems.

In 1997, Edmund was appointed Ballet Master to West Australian Ballet, rehearsing the works of Stephen Baynes, Natalie Weir, Bill Pengelly and Gideon Obarzanek and Ted Brandsen among others.

Edmund's more recent choreographic works include A Dip in the Swimming Pool Reactor, Speed Display, Boyce Interludes, the controversial Colours and the disturbing Souvenir for Margrete Helgeby's Loaded project. His work Nexus was presented by Singapore Dance Theatre as part of the Singapore Arts Festival 2000

Edmund holds the prestigious Enrico Cecchetti diploma in dance (taken as a professional dancer) and was made an honorary member of the Cecchetti Society in 1999.

He was appointed Ballet Master of Singapore Dance Theatre in October 2000.