Alberta Ballet to produce original work featuring Tragically Hip music

Alberta Ballet to feature Tragically Hip

CALGARY — 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 Grand-Maître 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-Maître 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-Maître’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-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 season also features the company’s first new family ballet 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

Just Posted

Okanagan residents can win ride in army vehicle

A social media campaign offers the chance to win a ride in the Dragoons armoured vehicle

Reel Reviews: War from both sides of the desk

We say, “Forgive these films their faults and they will be entertaining enough.”

Residents should keep air intakes clear of snow

Silver Star Fire Department is encouraging residens to keep their air intakes clear after snowfall

Provincial program offers assistance to agricultural producers

AgriStability Enhancement Program benefits agricultural producers who saw an income decline in 2017

‘Backs game cancelled due to weather

Match-up against Merritt called off as heavy snow creates treacherous roads

PHOTOS: Icing the competition

Skate Canada 2018 Okanagan Regional Championships skated through Vernon this weekend

Calgary man dies in Mexico following sudden illness

Troy Black was with his wife, Lindsay, in Puerto Vallarta when he began vomiting blood on Thursday

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Virtue and Moir break their own world record

Virtue and Moir break short dance record to sit first in ice dance at Olympics

Trump gets angry about election meddling, but not at Russia

‘Weirdest thing’: Trump expresses anger, but not over Russian election-meddling

New doping charge could hurt Russia’s chance at reinstatement

Russia could lose its chance to be reinstated before the end of the Winter Olympics because of a doping charge against curling bronze medallist Alexander Krushelnitsky.

Okanagan Hockey Academy alum nets first Olympic goal in semifinal win

Canada will face the U.S. inwomen’s hockey gold medal final of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics

‘Black Panther’ blows away box office with $192M weekend

In estimates Sunday, Disney predicted a four-day holiday weekend of $218 million domestically and a global debut of $361 million.

Coquihalla lane closed due to crash

A crash has snarled traffic on the Coquihalla

Most Read