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James Sewell Ballet
To Appear at UW-Eau Claire
MAILED: Sept. 16, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — James Sewell Ballet - a dance company that combines the classical virtues of ballet, the freedom of modern dance and the spirit of vaudeville - will perform two shows at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Sept. 29-30.
The Artists Series will present the performances at 2 p.m. Sunday and at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Gantner Concert Hall of Haas Fine Arts Center.
The New York Times called the company "rich in surprises, filled with stunningly inventive movement and a brilliant strangeness."
This is a Heartland Arts Fund program. The Heartland Arts Fund is a collaborative venture of Arts Midwest, Mid-America Arts Alliance, their member state arts agencies (Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin) with primary funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, and support from private contributors.
James Sewell Ballet was founded in 1990 by James Sewell, a Minneapolis native who had moved to New York to pursue a career in dance. Based in New York City for its first three years, the company relocated to the Twin Cities in 1993. It primarily presents Sewell's contemporary ballet choreography.
Sunday's matinee performance will begin with "Jacket" and "Rings," two solo works set to music by Scott Joplin. The eight-member company will begin Monday evening's show with "Opus 131," performed to Beethoven's Quartet in C-sharp major, Op. 131.
Both performances also will feature "Improvisations 20 & 21," a new ballet in which the members of the company create dance spontaneously.
James Sewell Ballet will conclude both shows with a preview performance of "Lover," a tribute to American composer Richard Rodgers that will receive its official premiere at The O'Shaughnessy in St. Paul on Oct. 4. Sewell's ballet features various groupings of the company dancing to Broadway and Hollywood standards, including "Falling in Love with Love," "Everything I've Got Belongs to You," "There's a Small Hotel," "Easy to Remember," "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" and "With a Song in My Heart."
Admission is $15 for the public, $13 for those 62 and older and UW System or Chippewa Valley Technical College faculty and staff, and $5 for children 17 and younger and UW System or CVTC students. Tickets are available at the University Service Center in Davies Center and will be sold at the door.
Patrons may also charge their tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call (715) 836-3727 - or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free (800) 949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.
Funded by the students of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, the Artists Series is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the state of Wisconsin. The program is administered by the Activities and Programs office.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: September 16, 2002