DECEMBER 7, 2019
Festival de Danse Cannes


December 7th

Théâtre Debussy, Palais des Festivals (Cannes, France)

Titicut Follies is firstly the title of a documentary made in 1967 by Frederick Wiseman at Bridgewater Hospital, an asylum for the criminally insane. Banned until 1991 in the United States, this hardcore film is considered as marking a turning point in the way we considered the penal world reserved for mental patients. Titicut Follies is the name of the show that patients and guards give once a year. James Sewell, choreographer and director of the eponymous ballet, is fully convinced that the classical technique can and should talk about problems in society. As a result, the collaboration was born between Frederick Wiseman and the choreographer in order to create a ballet from the film. James Sewell  invented a new choreographic vocabulary from the closely watched movements on the “Titicut Follies” film. Leading dance into new territory, Titicut Follies is a gripping and strange ballet with, sometimes, a pinch of humour, but above all a surprising sense of derision. Disjointed rounds, in a parody of the Kingdom of the Shades from La Bayadère, from an arabesque line on legs that give way, the ballet, created over approximately two years of collaboration with Frederick Wiseman, is a true performance on the theme of madness, a fertile subject in terms of ballet!


A message from Brigitte Lefevre:

Titicut Follies is a true curio. I find it interesting that a choreographer like James Sewell took on a documentary by Frederick Wiseman, an ingenious documentary maker with the major institutions. The piece is a real choreographical UFO; it has a few hints of Berlin-style cabaret sullied by neoclassicism and introduces us to the world of madness, like Giselle, whether in its classic version or the modern one from Mats Ek. But maybe the artists have dipped a toe into madness?

Adjectives: inventive, international, kickoff of 30th Anniversary season, tour, festival, collaboration, dark, captivating world, not your typical ballet

*Suitable for audiences 14+

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DECEMBER 13-14, 2019
Amahl and the Night Visitors

December 13 (evening) & 14 (matinee)

Westminster Presbyterian Church

We share JSB’s long-beloved take on this story of compassion and miracles, as part of Westminster’s inaugural performance series season.

Adjectives: family-friendly, tradition, new partnership, storytelling, charming, community

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DECEMBER 19-22, 2019
A Nutcracker Story

December 19-22 (times TDB)

O’Shaughnessy Auditorium

St Paul Ballet features JSB dancers in the classic holiday tradition.

Tickets — 651.690.6700 (O’Shaughnessy box office)

Adjectives: family-friendly, tradition, holiday, childhood, seasonal gifts, story-based, little kids sharing stage with seasoned professionals, balletic, imaginative

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3Oth Anniversary Retrospective Tour

The company celebrates its 30th year with a Retrospective encompassing the early gems and newer hits from its beloved repertoire. We share this exuberant program with 13 communities throughout Minnesota:

Owatonna (TBD)
Fairmont (1/10)
Detroit Lakes (1/16)
Fergus Falls (1/18)
Dawson (1/19)
International Falls (1/31)
Brainerd (2/1)
St Cloud (3/13)
Cokato (3/15)
Faribault (3/19)
Austin (3/20)
Winona (3/28)
Twin Cities (4/2-5)

Tickets — 651.690.6700 (O’Shaughnessy box office)

Adjectives: looking back/looking forward, old favorites, range, St Paul

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FEBRUARY 14, 2020

February 14, 2020

Save the date! Join us for our annual benefit in support of the company. Featuring a performance by JSB dancers, a scrumptious dinner and lively conversation, and auction items including your own private JSB performance for an event of your choice!

Adjectives: benefit, party, reception, dance, music, holiday, auction, support

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