Rock, Roll, and Relevé: the RWB Partners with Local Roots-Rockers The Bros. Landreth

Mar 15 2019 | Posted in Press Releases

Swap hibernation for an all-new artistic collaboration this March

RWB Dancers Liam Caines and Alanna McAdie together in a dance pose, dressed in street clothes against a moody background with stage lights behind them.

The phrase “in concert” comes full circle with an all-new artistic collaboration between Juno-award winning The Bros. Landreth and up-and-coming choreographer Philippe Larouche in Ballet & the Band, a fresh, mixed repertoire addition to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB) season. Ballet & the Band runs from March 28-30 at the Club Regent Event Centre and showcases Miroirs, an audience favourite by Mark Godden, Bare, a piece by emerging choreographer Jera Wolfe, and Next of Kin, a collaboration with Larouche and local sensation, The Bros. Landreth.

“At the heart of what we do is a creative spirit and that has always been the driving force behind our choice to pursue music,” said Dave Landreth. “We believe in trying to make honest, beautiful things and we believe that art is a valuable and important part of our society and culture. When we first saw Philippe’s choreography we were moved to tears; it was stunning and resonated deeply with that same creative spirit. He took our music and found a connective tissue between songs that we had never even realized shared a common thread. He built a story from that music and used the rhythm of the human body to express it on stage in a way that is mesmerizing. We had no idea of what would come of this collaboration, but it has far surpassed anything we could have imagined. It’s special, it’s earnest, and it’s something that we are tremendously excited to share with not only our fans, but with anyone who appreciates art.”

Next of Kin looks at the intergenerational impact of addiction. The story follows Brother, a desperate man in his late twenties, who has been battling with addiction since his teens. As his marriage and his relationship with his sister are affected, he spirals into darkness. There will be English to ASL interpretation for The Bros. Landreth’s lyrics.

“Working with a live band is new to me on a piece of this scale,” said Larouche. “I sat down with The Bros. Landreth a few times to discuss the inspiration behind the album which, along with the lyrics, strongly inspired me to write the story the way I did. They were incredibly open to exploring different themes and ultimately that free-spirited energy allowed the piece to have a life of its own.”

Both Next of Kin and Bare will make their world premiere at Ballet & the Band, along with Miroirs, set to Maurice Ravel‘s beautiful piano score, premiered in 1995 and subsequently toured Canada with the RWB to standing ovations and critical acclaim.

Ballet & the Band has been made possible in part by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council, and the Winnipeg Arts Council.