James Sewell Ballet

Titicut Follies, The Ballet
$20 - $36
Ticket Prices: 
Orchestra/Grand Tier Premium - $36
Orchestra/Grand Tier - $30
Students - $20
Goodale Theater
James Sewell Ballet’s world premiere ballet, with music by composer Lenny Pickett, is inspired by Frederick Wiseman’s groundbreaking and controversial Titicut Follies, a 1967 documentary which examines the institutionalization of patients/criminals in America. Presented in conjunction with The Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University.

Inspired by Wiseman’s landmark documentary celebrating its 50th Anniversary, Titicut Follies, The Ballet a new 
full-length ballet, is a collaboration that was initiated at The Center for Ballet and the Arts (CBA) at New York University in fall 2014 when Wiseman was a Fellow there. Wiseman and James Sewell met through CBA and this is the first public presentation of a ballet incubated there, an important milestone in CBA’s efforts to encourage new work that expands the field of ballet and its connection to contemporary life. Legendary composer Lenny Pickett is creating the original score for the piece with production design by Steven Rydberg.

Wiseman’s documentary was shot in the Bridgewater Institute for the criminally insane and provided a controversial and candid perspective of the daily realities of mental illness, incarceration and our innate sense of individualism in any circumstance. As with the film, the ballet is organized around an inmate and staff annual tradition at Bridgewater; its variety show “The Titicut Follies”.

Filmmaker in Conversation: Titicut Follies
Walker Art Center
Wednesday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m.
The Walker Art Center will host a screening of Frederick Wiseman's documentary "Titicut Follies" along with a conversation between Wiseman and James Sewell on Wednesday, March 29. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Content Advisory: Titicut Follies, The Ballet includes adult themes. This piece is best suited for mature audiences.  


Apr 02
Sun @ 2:00pm