James Sewell Ballet Returns to SSM

February 26, 2020


Along with the final term of the school year comes the final Fesler-Lampert Performing Arts Series event of the season, which this year features a return from James Sewell Ballet, a Minnesota-based ballet company that focuses on innovative and contemporary ballet.

James Sewell Ballet was founded by James Sewell and Sally Rousse, who brought it to Minnesota in 1993. Their vision was a small, close-knit group of dancers who would be willing to expand the current cultural definition of ballet. They describe it as a combination of “the elegance of classical ballet, the freedom of modern dance, and the can-do spirit of vaudeville.”

This is the second time that the company will make the trip to Faribault, MN. Once they had established themselves in Minnesota, they quickly became so successful that SSM wasn’t able to book them until 2013. Now, as James Sewell Ballet celebrates their 30th Anniversary Retrospective Tour, they will return with a program that includes multiple pieces from their nearly three-decade long repertoire.

Their journey is described thus; “JSB became a rarity in the ballet world in its ability to move seamlessly between set and improvised phrases. At the same time, the Company continued to explore real-life issues like euthanasia, marriage equality, childbirth, and the supernatural, while still presenting classical excerpts from ‘Swan Lake’ and ‘Don Quixote.’”

Also, in preparation for James Sewell Ballet’s upcoming performance, the Faribault Daily News spoke with James Sewell himself, as well as SSM’s own librarian and coordinator of the Fesler-Lampert Performing Arts Series, Richard Kettering.

James Sewell Ballet will perform in Newhall Auditorium on March 19, at 7:30 p.m., and the entire community is welcome to attend. Tickets are $20 for adults, and $12 for students. We hope to see you at the show!

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