The O'Shaughnessy Dance Cohort

James Sewell Ballet: In the Shadows

Saturday, Oct 28 - Thursday, Jan 01

The approximate run time is 105 minutes with one fifteen minute intermission.

Frankenstein, zombies, and characters of Edgar Allen Poe come to life in this family friendly performance steeped in spooky delight and tragic majesty.

Anchoring the performance is a new choral ballet titled Unfashioned Creature, featuring Twin Cities beloved artists Timothy C. Takach (composer), Penelope Freeh (choreographer), and the MPLS (imPulse) choral ensemble. The work is poetically rooted in Shelley’s Frankenstein, and explores key aspects relating to personhood: otherness, abandonment, despair, and hopeful yearning. Music includes cello, percussion, and the stellar singers of MPLS (imPulse) who will perform a fractured libretto comprised of Shelley’s text.

Also on the program, remounts of two Sewell fall favorites: excerpts from "Takes on Poe" (2012); and "Grave Matters" (2011), which combines undead charm and morbid wit in a playful zombie ballet.

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