Troupe sets bal­let to the Trag­i­cally Hip

Al­berta Bal­let to pro­duce work with Hip’s mu­sic

Metro Canada (Calgary) - - MUSIC -

A con­tem­po­rary bal­let in­spired by the mu­sic of The Trag­i­cally Hip will be one of the fo­cal points of the 2017-2018 sea­son for Al­berta Bal­let.

Artis­tic Direc­tor Jean GrandMaitre and ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Chris Ge­orge an­nounced the lineup for the 51st sea­son this week.

It in­cludes a new fam­ily bal­let, three in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed guest com­pa­nies and the world pre­miere of All of Us, the Trag­i­cally Hip piece.

Grand-Maitre has pre­vi­ously col­lab­o­rated with artists in­clud­ing El­ton John, Sarah McLach­lan, k.d. lang and Joni Mitchell on bal­lets in­cor­po­rat­ing their mu­sic.

The pro­posal was first raised last fall with mem­bers of The Trag­i­cally Hip, which em­barked on a cross-Canada trip widely ex­pected to be the last with front­man Gord Downie, who was di­ag­nosed with an in­cur­able form of brain can­cer.

In a state­ment, the band mem­bers shared their en­thu­si­asm for the project, point­ing to the suc­cesses of Grand-Maitre’s past col­lab­o­ra­tions.

“We are thrilled to be part of this se­ries of won­der­ful bal­let por­traits set to the mu­sic of some of the great­est mu­si­cians of our time,” they said. “We are ex­cited to see how our mu­sic will be in­ter­preted through the vi­sion of a renowned dance com­pany.”

Grand-Maitre said he was hon­oured for the chance “to cre­ate a unique por­trait to the mu­sic of one of Canada’s most beloved group of artists. I look for­ward to this jour­ney and to ex­plor­ing the mu­sic and the poetry of such pro­found hu­man­ists.”

The sea­son also fea­tures the com­pany’s first new fam­ily bal- let in 10 years, “Cin­derella,” us­ing sets and cos­tumes by the Cincin­nati Bal­let.

Tango Fire by Buenos Aires, Ar­gentina, will make its first visit to Al­berta, while the sea­son will also in­clude a con­tem­po­rary pro­duc­tion of Af­ter the Cur­tain chore­ographed by So You Think You Can Dance star Travis Wall.

There will also be a visit from Amer­i­can dancer-il­lu­sion­ists Momix with their show Opus Cac­tus.

The sea­son will be rounded out with lo­cal pro­duc­tions of Dan­ger­ous Li­aisons, The Nutcracker, and Paquita and Other Works.

The cana­dian press

a bal­let in­spired by the mu­sic of the Trag­i­cally Hip is planned for the al­berta Bal­let 2017-2018 sea­son.

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