James Sewell Ballet

Band It, Chopin Studies, Excerpts from Seasons
$20 - $36
Ticket Prices: 
Tier 1 - $36
Tier 2 - $30
Student - $20
Goodale Theater

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.

Audience Engagement discussion following the performance on Friday, April 29


Apr 29
Fri @ 8:00pm
Apr 30
Sat @ 8:00pm
May 01
Sun @ 2:00pm

James Sewell Ballet was founded in New York City by James Sewell and Sally Rousse and brought to Minnesota in 1993. Combining their expertise, vision and chutzpah they envisioned a close-knit company of dance artists willing to both challenge their physical limits and expand their notions about ballet. Nearly two decades later, critically acclaimed JSB performances move and delight audiences across the country. The embodiment of the original vision is a professional company of nine dancers performing innovative work that explores the technical boundaries of ballet.

Based in the Twin Cities, James Sewell Ballet studios are located at The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts in Downtown Minneapolis. Annual spring and fall JSB performances are currently presented at The Goodale Theater in The Cowles Center. JSB's annual cutting edge "Ballet Works Project," featuring new works by emerging and established choreographers, is presented at the JSB TEK BOX on the second floor of The Cowles Center.