Ballet & the Band

Ballet & the Band

Ballet & the Band

The phrase “in concert” comes full circle in an all-new artistic collaboration between Juno-award winning The Bros. Landreth and up-and-coming choreographer Philippe Larouche. This fresh addition to the RWB season also showcases work from Mark Godden and emerging choreographer Jera Wolfe for a diverse evening of performances.​

About The Bros. Landreth

Thirty years. Four bandmates. Two brothers. One album and at last, another in the works. Let It Lie, the JUNO winning debut release from Canadian roots-rockers the Bros. Landreth, was proof that there’s strength in numbers. It’s an album about open highways and broken hearts, anchored by the bluesy wail of electric guitars, the swell of B3 organ, and the harmonized swoon of voices that were born to mesh. At first listen, you might call it Americana. Dig deeper, though, and you’ll hear the nuances that separate The Bros. Landreth — whose members didn’t grow up in the American south, but rather the isolated prairie city of Winnipeg, Manitoba — from their folksy friends in the Lower 48. READ MORE

Next of Kin

Next of Kin takes a look 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. The stage is flooded with his ancestors who strive to heal the family of the wounds which have burdened it for generations. Next of Kin is inspired and enriched by the music of The Bros. Landreth and has the power to resonate deeply with many families.

English to ASL translation will be provided throughout the performance.

Content Warning
Next of Kin deals with addiction and self-harm and may not be suitable for all audience members.

Story & Choreography Larouche
Music The Bros. Landreth
Costume Design Larouche & RWB Wardrobe Department
Lighting Design Marc Gagnon


What is it to be truly seen? To embrace the beauty and darkness of our successes and failures. We can put on a mask and guard our feelings from the world. What happens when we take this mask off?

Choreography Jera Wolfe
Music Luke Howard
Costume Design Alena Zharska
Lighting design Marc Gagnon


Award-winning choreographer Mark Godden’s Miroirs is a five-part ballet which mirrors Ravel’s beautiful piano score. The ballet premiered in Winnipeg and subsequently toured Canada with the RWB to standing ovations and critical acclaim.

Choreography Mark Godden
Music Maurice Ravel
Costume Design Paul Daigle
Lighting Design Jeff Herd



Come early to the Club Regent Event Centre to catch interviews before each performance.

Thursday March 28, 2019
- Erin Lebar, Winnipeg Free Press
Guest- Larouche, Next of Kin choreographer

Friday March 29, 2019
- Karly Troschuk, KISS FM.
Guest- The Bros. Landreth

Saturday March 30, 2019
- Kahla Shea, Global News
Guest- Jera Wolfe, Bare choreographer

RWB Photo Booth

Come to the RWB photo booth before the show and at intermission to have a commemorative photo taken

The photo booth is a fun and FREE experience in the Club Regent Event Centre lobby. Photos are uploaded within a week from the show date to the RWB Facebook page so that attendees can have a copy of their photo.

Parking at Club Regent Event Centre

The Club Regent Event Centre has a large parkade with free parking for all guests.

About Philippe Larouche

Larouche is a dancer, choreographer and repetiteur who hails from Laval, Québec, and is currently based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. An apprentice with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet for two seasons, he danced on stages in China and across Canada and the US. He performed the pas-de-six in Giselle, the Russian Dance in Nutcracker and joined the corps-de -ballet in Romeo and Juliet and Swan Lake. He also had the chance of dancing the Dog in Val Caniparoli’s A Cinderella Story and took on corps roles in James Kudelka’s Vespers, Mark Godden’s Dracula and Going Home Star and Lila York’s Celts.READ MORE.

About Jera Wolfe

Jera is of Métis heritage. He is a choreographer, performer, and Associate Artist with Red Sky Performance. His choreographic works have been presented by Canadian Stage, Fall For Dance North, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, The Venice Biennale, and Jacob’s Pillow. Recently Jera toured with Red Sky performing Backbone across Europe in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, and Poland. His upcoming choreographic work will include new creations for Canada’s National Ballet School, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, School of Contemporary Dancers, and Tulsa Ballet Centre for Dance Education. He will perform Red Sky’s Backbone as well as an excerpt of his choreographic work Miigis in Montreal, presented by Danse Danse, and his choreographic work Trace at Jacob’s Pillow.

About Mark Godden

Mark Godden has created original works for many ballet companies in North America, South America, Mexico and the United Kingdom. Godden is the Permanent Guest Choreographer with the Harid Dance Conservatory. Many of his ballets have won awards: his Myth and La Princesse et le Soldat, won Top Honors in the international ballet competitions of Varna, Bulgaria and Helsinki, Finland. He is a recipient of the notable Choo-San Goh Award and Godden’s full-length ballet Dracula was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award.

Dracula was adapted for film in 2001 (directed by Guy Maddin) and won an Emmy for Best Performing Arts Film. Godden was awarded Best Choreography at The Monaco Film Festival for Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary. Godden’s full-length ballet, The Magic Flute, was produced into film (directed by Barbara Willis Sweete) and won a Gemini for Best Ensemble Performance.

In 2006, Godden had the great honour of representing Canada by directing and choreographing the Canadian portion of the Olympic Games Closing Ceremonies in Torino, Italy.

Recently, Godden created a new Carmen for Ballet Jalisco in Guadalajara Mexico and a new work based on Catherine de Medici for Ballet Memphis. He also created works for RWB’s Professional Division (Marshmallow Test) and South Carolina’s Governor’s School of the Arts (So As to Meet). He was Judge for Youth America Grand Prix dance competition in Tampa, Florida and in the Fall, Godden will be creating a new ballet for the Nacional Ballet of Peru.

Full Cast

Liam Caines
Liam Caines as Next of Kin: Brother. Bare. MIROIRS: UNE BARQUE SUR L'OCEAN (28, 30)
Ryan Vetter
Ryan Vetter as Next of Kin: Husband. Bare. MIROIRS: NOCTUELLES (28, 30), UNE BARQUE SUR L'OCEAN (29)
Alanna McAdie
Alanna McAdie as Next of Kin: Sister. Bare. MIROIRS: LA VALLEE DES CLOCHES (28, 30)
Yayoi Ban
Yayoi Ban as Next of Kin: Mother. Bare. MIROIRS: UNE BARQUE SUR L'OCEAN (28, 30)
Josh Reynolds
Josh Reynolds as Next of Kin: Father. Bare. MIROIRS: LA VALLEE DES CLOCHES
Liam Saito
Liam Saito as Next of Kin: Young Brother. Bare. MIROIRS: NOCTUELLES
Saeka Shirai
Saeka Shirai as Next of Kin: Young Sister. Bare. MIROIRS: LA VALLEE DES CLOCHES (29)
Jaimi Deleau
Jaimi Deleau as Next of Kin: Female Ancestor. Bare. MIROIRS: UNE BARQUE SUR L'OCEAN (29)
Sarah Davey
Sarah Davey as Next of Kin: Female Ancestor. Bare
Chenxin Liu
Chenxin Liu as Next of Kin: Female Ancestor. Bare. MIROIRS: NOCTUELLES
Katie Bonnell
Katie Bonnell as Next of Kin: Female Ancestor. Bare. MIROIRS: UNE BARQUE SUR L'OCEAN (28, 30)
Erika Delponte
Erika Delponte as Next of Kin: Female Ancestor. Bare. MIROIRS: NOCTUELLES (29)
Erin Atkinson
Erin Atkinson as Next of Kin: Female Ancestor. Bare
Jo-Ann Sundermeier
Jo-Ann Sundermeier as Next of Kin: Female Ancestor. MIROIRS: NOCTUELLES (28, 30)
Yue Shi
Yue Shi as Next of Kin: Male Ancestor. Bare. MIROIRS: ALBORADA DEL GRACIOSO (29)
Stephan Azulay
Stephan Azulay as Next of Kin: Male Ancestor. Bare. MIROIRS: LA VALLEE DES CLOCHES
Peter Lancksweerdt
Peter Lancksweerdt as Next of Kin: Male Ancestor. Bare. MIROIRS: NOCTUELLES
Tyler Carver
Tyler Carver as Next of Kin: Male Ancestor. Bare. MIROIRS: OISEAUX TRISTES
Kolbie Edwards
Kolbie Edwards as Next of Kin: Male Ancestor. Bare
Sophia Lee
Yosuke Mino
Elizabeth Lamont
Elizabeth Lamont as Bare. MIROIRS: UNE BARQUE SUR L'OCEAN (29)
Peter-Nicholas Taylor
Peter-Nicholas Taylor as Bare. MIROIRS: UNE BARQUE SUR L'OCEAN (29)
Dmitri Dovgoselets
Dmitri Dovgoselets as MIROIRS: UNE BARQUE SUR L'OCEAN (28, 30)

All casting is subject to change