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James Sewell Ballet

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Zorn Arena

7:30 p.m.

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. As James Sewell Ballet celebrates its 20th season, the embodiment of the original vision is a professional company of eight dancers performing innovative work that explores the technical boundaries of ballet.

The Artists Series performance features Lover, a series of dance vignettes performed in period costume and set to Rodgers and Hart songs including "My Funny Valentine" and "Ten Cents a Dance". This story of love in times of hardship captures the feeling of Depression-era musicals where passions and miscommunications drive romantic dramas. 


Also on the program is Your Move, a piece assembled from movements suggested by audience members over the course of the season.


A Minneapolis native, James Sewell moved to New York and studied at the School of American Ballet with David Howard, and began performing with ABT II. He was a lead dancer with Feld Ballets/NY for six years and has performed as a guest artist with the New York City Ballet, Zvi Gottheiner and Dancers, and Denishawn. He has choreographed more than 70 ballets for companies in the United States and around the world. Projects include the New York City Ballet’s Choreographic Institute, the New York State Council on the Arts grant to create Independence In Dependence for Feld Ballets/NY; Aida (1998) for the Minnesota Opera and 11 other opera companies; James Sewell Ballet’s Amahl and the Night Visitors (1995), presented on the Artists Series in 2006; Musical Toys (1996) and Nutcracker: The Untold Story (1997) for the Minnesota Orchestra; and She Loves Me (2005) and 1776 (2007) for the Guthrie Theater.

Sewell has received a Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship (2002), a Choo-San Goh Award for Choreography from the Choo-San Goh & H. Robert Magee Foundation (2006), and a McKnight Artist Fellowship for Choreography (2007). He is a past trustee of Dance/USA and a past director of the American Composers Forum.


$17  General Public
$15  UW System Faculty/Staff • Age 62 & Over
$  7  UW System Student • Age 17 & Under
Student tickets are $3.50 until the day of the show
All seats are general admission

The Artists Series is funded by the students of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Wisconsin Public Radio and WHYS Radio have contributed generous promotional support.