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Author:  Basheva [ Sun Mar 11, 2001 7:58 am ]
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From the New York Times:


JAMES SEWELL left a promising New York career as a dancer and choreographer to return home to Minneapolis in 1993. Mr. Sewell, who had studied at the School of American Ballet and performed with Eliot Feld and the junior company of American Ballet Theater, was not renouncing his art.

(According to the article he is also pursuing Modern Dance - so if anyone would like to move this to the Modern Dance Forum - please feel free.....)

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Author:  Basheva [ Mon Mar 19, 2001 8:30 am ]
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From the New York Times:<P><BR><B>James Sewell Brings Stunning Surprises Amid Deft Moves</B><P>By ANNA KISSELGOFF <BR> <BR> <BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>James Sewell's choreography is anything but tired. At its best it is rich in surprises, filled with stunningly inventive movement and a brilliant strangeness. Someone should bring his company, the James Sewell Ballet, to New York more often. In the meantime the troupe's first appearance in the city since it moved to Minneapolis in 1993 was nothing but a triumph on Friday night at the Kaye Playhouse.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="" TARGET=_blank><B>MORE...</B></A><P>

Author:  Azlan [ Thu Apr 12, 2001 11:10 am ]
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Image <P><BR>More:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>James Sewell Ballet in Three NY Premieres</B><P><P>Amazing indeed, the variety of theatre that can be accomplished to the music of J. S. Bach these days. The Minneapolis-based James Sewell Ballet, in its appearance at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College (March 16-18), opened with "Moving Works," which, in its initial stages, almost appears to be a class in calisthenics. By a stretch of the imagination, however, one could view the constant treading and angularity displayed as a form of modern dance, and an actual flow eventually commences.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="" TARGET=_blank><B>More</B></A>

Author:  Marie [ Fri Oct 04, 2002 11:08 pm ]
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MATT PEIKEN - Pioneer Press, Oct. 03, 2002:
Ballet Today
The James Sewell Ballet is finding ways to bring modern influences to bear on the classical dance form.

For his annual fall production at the O'Shaughnessy, Sewell is premiering "Lover," set largely to music Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart composed for stage and screen during the 1920s and '30s.

Author:  Azlan [ Tue Apr 15, 2003 9:06 am ]
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A nice review:

Balletic Sonnets, Surprises Included


Someone needs to give the James Sewell Ballet from Minneapolis and Mr. Sewell's always imaginative, often exquisite ballets a full season in New York. <a href= target=_blank>more</a>

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sun May 04, 2003 6:19 am ]
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James Sewell Ballet
By Rick Nelson, Star Tribune (St. Paul)

Marking its first decade in Minnesota, James Sewell Ballet certainly has reason to celebrate. Since leaving Manhattan for the Twin Cities in 1993, the company has been thriving rather than just surviving: presenting dozens of new works, building a fanatically devoted audience and keeping the red ink away.

But rather than patting itself on the back, the company is observing the occasion by giving fans a chance to revisit its past as well as provide a daring glimpse into its future.

If artistic director James Sewell continues to create works along the lines of "Barrage," this chamber-sized company will face many bright tomorrows.

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Author:  kurinuku [ Thu Jan 22, 2004 2:43 am ]
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A Classical Approach, Wrapped in Surprises

The New York Times
January 22, 2004

Surprises abound in James Sewell's choreography for the James Sewell Ballet, a polished gem of a chamber dance troupe from Minnesota that opened its first extended season in New York at the Joyce Theater on Tuesday night.

Mr. Sewell is no stranger to the city, but few New Yorkers have been able to watch him develop, at 43, into one of American ballet's most inventive choreographers. A leading dancer in Eliot Feld's company in the 1980's, he founded his dance troupe in New York in 1990, but then moved it to his hometown, Minneapolis, in 1993.

When the group, essentially a new company, appeared in New York briefly for the first time since then in 2001 at the Kaye Playhouse and again last year at Brooklyn College, Mr. Sewell's creative breakthrough was more than obvious. Different and unpredictable, this is the company to see.

Author:  kurinuku [ Wed Jan 28, 2004 4:40 pm ]
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Having Taken Flight

The Village Voice
January 28 - February 3, 2004

Legibility of design is a major component of his choreography. In Moving Works (1996), with music ranging from Monteverdi and Bach to Combustible Edison and Kodo drummers, his eight dancers print their every position on the space.

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Author:  kurinuku [ Thu Dec 02, 2004 2:00 am ]
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James Sewell Ballet delivers stunning performance

University Register
December 02, 2004

Last Saturday, November 20, I went to Edson to see the James Sewell Ballet perform "Amahl and the Night Visitors." I thought "Oh great, ballet...this will either be really good or really boring." I was almost right.a It was really good and it was more than I expected it to be.

Author:  Francis Timlin [ Mon Apr 25, 2005 4:08 pm ]
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Camille LeFevre reviews the James Sewell Ballet's spring program in the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

Author:  Francis Timlin [ Mon Oct 10, 2005 12:45 pm ]
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Garrison Keillor appeared as the narrator in James Sewell's production of "Guy Noir" at Minneapolils' State Theatre, October 1-2, 2005. Camille LeFevre reviews the performance in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Author:  kurinuku [ Thu Apr 06, 2006 5:56 am ]
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Point Shoes and Gumshoes: Guy Noir Helps a Dame Using Power Tools
by JENNIFER DUNNING for the New York Times

The centerpiece of the program by the James Sewell Ballet that opened on Tuesday at the Joyce Theater was a murder-mystery ballet set at the Acme Tulle Company. It sounded almost as deadly as an evening of Gilbert and Sullivan. But Mr. Sewell mostly avoided the pitfalls in his lighthearted "Guy Noir: The Ballet."

published: April 6, 2006

Author:  kurinuku [ Mon Apr 10, 2006 1:20 am ]
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James Sewell Ballet - The Joyce Theater, New York
by HILARY OSTLERE for the Financial Times

Sewell's Guy Noir (Benjamin Johnson) is a dancing detective cast in the Chandler mould: he chomps a cigar, wears a trenchcoat and fedora and is dazzled but not duped by a double-crossing blonde (Peggy Seipp-Roy). He's also adept at multiple pirouettes. Keillor's deadpan voiceover narrates the story about a contest held in a power tool factory for the best dance commercial.

published: April 10, 2006

Author:  salzberg [ Mon Apr 10, 2006 6:22 am ]
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It should be noted that Garrison Keillor is not merely the narrator; Guy Noir is a character created by Mr. Keillor for his radio show, A Prairie Home Companion.

Author:  kurinuku [ Thu Apr 20, 2006 12:56 pm ]
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Time Flies/Creeps By
A bright troupe in from the prairie channels Garrison Keillor
by DEBORAH JOWITT for the Village Voice

Without Keillor's words, the plot wouldn't scuttle along as expeditiously as it does, but Sewell comes up with some clever dance ideas for his whodunit, which centers on a choreographic competition sponsored by the Acme Tulle Company (the "Tulle" is a silly joke; it's tools we're dealing with). Penelope Freeh as Martha Isadora gets a lot of mileage out of a buzzing chainsaw with a very long cord.

published: April 18, 2006

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