Al­berta bal­let will use mu­sic of Trag­i­cally Hip

Toronto Star - - ENTERTAINMENT -

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.

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