A Ballet Inspired by Tragically Hip Is Coming to Alberta

The band are "excited to see how our music will be interpreted through the vision of a renowned dance company"
A Ballet Inspired by Tragically Hip Is Coming to Alberta
Photo: Kim Jay
The Tragically Hip have been honoured by everyone from local phonebooks to hockey teams, but the most high-brow homage yet will come from the Alberta Ballet in a new piece inspired by the band's music.

As a press release reveals, the ballet company will premiere a piece titled All of Us as part of its 51st season, and it will incorporate many of the band's songs. Artistic director Jean Grand-Maitre and executive director Chris George announced the lineup for the 2017-2018 season earlier this week.

Grand-Maitre is no stranger to marrying the works of popular musicians with ballet productions, having worked with he likes of Sarah McLachlan, k.d. lang, Joni Mitchell and Elton John.

In a statement, Grand-Maitre said that he was honoured "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."

In recognizing his past successes, the band were excited to get involved upon hearing the proposal last fall. "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 in a statement. "We are excited to see how our music will be interpreted through the vision of a renowned dance company."

All of Us will run from May 2 to 4 in Calgary and May 12 to 13 in Edmonton. You can learn more about the production on the Alberta Ballet website.