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Mary Jo Peloquin
MINNEAPOLIS February 8, 2016 – The Ballet Works Project spotlights new work by emerging choreographers in the TEK BOX at the Cowles Center. Curated by James Sewell the program serves as choreographic laboratory designed to push and play with the ballet idiom and put the audience at the heart of the creative dance making process. This year’s Featured Choreographers are:
Using piano work by Netherlands composer Simeon ten Holt, NYC choreographer Belinda McGuire investigates time (slowing it down and speeding it up) in various ways. Her work, Incantations, explores progression and regression, the build-up and break down of events, relationships and structures as a marker of time.
Minneapolis based choreographer Christine Maginnis’ piece, Cabaret Niche, is a comical, condensed journey of evolution, reincarnation and incarceration set to classical, rock, club and 50’s exotica music. Christine loves working with the JSB dancers. “What a joy it’s been to work with these diversified dancers who can translate a barefoot phrase onto pointe, come up with a breakdance phrase or pull off gymnastic stunts on the spot!”
Ms. Schulte demonstrates her choreographic chops with Any Offered None. The piece, both story-driven and abstract, is about a journey and a choice, creating a work full of stunning physicality and thoughtful intention. Eve has been in the Twin Cities dance community for nineteen years and is currently a dancer with JSB.
The TEK BOX is on the 2nd Floor of the Cowles Center at 528 Hennepin Avenue South, Minneapolis
Friday, February 19 – 8 pm
Saturday, February 20 – 8 pm
Sunday, February 21 – 2 pm
Friday, February 26 – 8 pm
Saturday, February 27 – 8 pm
Sunday, February 28 – 2 pm
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Major support for Ballet Works Project by the Jerome Foundation
About James Sewell Ballet
James Sewell Ballet was founded in New York City and brought to Minnesota in 1993. The professional company of ten dancers performs innovative work that explores the technical boundaries of ballet and engages with new audiences through outreach initiatives. Nearly two decades later, the company’s critically acclaimed performances move and delight audiences across the country.
About the artistic director
A Minneapolis native, James Sewell studied in New York City at the School of American Ballet with David Howard, and began performing with American Ballet Theatre’s second company. 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. Since founding JSB twenty years ago Sewell has choreographed more than 70 ballets for his and other companies in the United States and around the world. He is also a former trustee of Dance/USA and a past director of the American Composer’s Forum.