Lorna Geddes

Lorna Geddes 2012 13 REV HERO Photo Credits

Lorna Geddes. Photo by Sian Richards.

 

Biography

Lorna Geddes was born in Waterloo, Ontario and trained with company co-founder Betty Oliphant. She joined The National Ballet of Canada as a member of the Corps de Ballet in 1959 and performed a wide range of featured roles in the company’s repertoire before being promoted to Principal Character Artist in 2005.  

 As a Principal Character Artist, Ms. Geddes has performed a broad array of roles, including the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, Nurse in Romeo and Juliet and Onegin,the Countess in The Sleeping Beauty, Winter in The Four Seasons, Priestess in The Firebird and Baba in The Nutcracker. 

Ms. Geddes was appointed Assistant Ballet Mistress with the company in 1984, a position she still holds today. In that role she is able to relay her formidable and singular experience, skill and intuitive command of the art of ballet to new generations of dancers. In addition, she has managed the dancers’ footwear needs since 1998. 

Ms. Geddes was awarded the inaugural David Tory Award in 2008. 

Quotes

Onegin 
“Lorna Geddes added moments or warmth and humour as Tatiana’s faithful nurse.”            Ballet Review, 2010

Cinderella 
“Lorna Geddes is a handsome and elegant Fairy Godmother with just the right touch of humor and guiding spirit.” Ballet Review, 2008 

Romeo and Juliet 
“Lorna Geddes milked every comic possibility out of the enlarged cameo role of Juliet’s roly-poly nurse” London Dance.com, 2013