Alberta ballet will use music of Tragically Hip
A contemporary ballet inspired by the music of the Tragically Hip will be one of the focal points of the 20172018 season for Alberta Ballet.
Artistic director Jean GrandMaître and executive director Chris George announced the lineup for the 51st season this week, which includes the world premiere of All of Us, the Tragically Hip piece.
Grand-Maître has previously collaborated with 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 crossCanada 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-Maître’s past collaborations.
Grand-Maître 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 Tragically Hip, seen in concert in Vancouver last summer, are lending their music to an upcoming a ballet.