A week ago, Hayna Gutierrez announced her retirement from Alberta Ballet. Since joining the company in 2010, Ms. Gutierrez has earned a following in her community and abroad as a principal dancer in the classical repertoire, Balanchine ballets, and of course works by Alberta Ballet’s Artistic Director Jean Grand-Maître. Over the past decade, Hayna has become a mother and a Canadian citizen, and now adds this upcoming chapter to a list of dynamic transitions in her life. In the midst of preparations for her final performances with Alberta Ballet, Hayna chats with us about her heritage, her time with the company, and thoughts about what’s to come.
Audiences will be able to celebrate her final Alberta Ballet bow in Joni Mitchell’s The Fiddle and The Drum. The company will be performing this 10th anniversary performance in Calgary from May 1-4 and Edmonton May 9-11.