Royal Winnipeg Ballet: Ballet & the Band, March 28 - March 30
ROCK, ROLL, AND RELEVÉ: THE RWB PARTNERS WITH LOCAL ROOTS-ROCKERS
THE BROS. LANDRETH
Swap hibernation for an all-new artistic collaboration this March
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 toMaurice 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.
Ballet & the Band
Club Regent Event Centre, 1425 Regent Ave W, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Thursday, March 28 to Saturday, March 30, 2019
7:30 pm daily
Tickets for Ballet & the Band start as low as $30, plus taxes and fees, and can be purchased online at www.rwb.org, in person through the RWB Customer Service Office at 380 Graham Avenue or by calling 204-956-2792 or toll free 1-800-667-4792. Groups of ten or more should contact the RWB Customer Service Office for more information on group discounts. Please note that the RWB does not sell tickets through any third-party websites.
Founded in 1939, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet holds the double distinction of being Canada's premier ballet company and one of the oldest ballet companies in North America. Under the artistic direction of André Lewis, versatility, technical excellence and a captivating style are the trademarks of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, qualities that have garnered both critical and audience acclaim. RWB's superlative standards keep the Company in demand across North America. In addition to the Company, the RWB is home to the RWB School, consisting of both a professional division which trains young artists for a professional career in dance, and a recreational division which provides classes to over 1,500 students each week.