James Sewell Ballet’s spring show kicks off with Band It, set to the driving rhythms of American band music. Band It will premiere in collaboration with the Edina High School band on the stage of the Goodale Theater. Using music from a repository of BandQuest music at the American Composer’s Forum, James Sewell will choreograph a work that can be performed on both stage and, more accessibly, in school gymnasiums. This piece will incorporate hover boards, color guard flags and giant inflatable water balls to stretch your perception of contemporary ballet. Band It was commissioned by the Wenger Foundation in honor of Harry Wenger, who is celebrated through the annual Harry Wenger Marching Band Festival in Owatonna every June.
The performances also include Nashville Ballet Artistic Director, Paul Vasterling’s Seasons, choreographed to Antonio Vivaldi's classic score. Sensuous, humorous dance in elegant costumes takes a deeper look at the relationships and differences between men and women. Vasterling describes the ballet's gorgeous aesthetics as "a moving impressionist painting." Vasterling's Seasons has been performed nationally at Oregon Ballet, where it was created in 1997, as well as Ballet Idaho, Eugene Ballet and now James Sewell Ballet.
The performance will also include a reprisal of Sewell’s playful Chopin Studies, with live accompaniment by the wonderful pianist, Taduesz Majewski.