Earth Tomes

Ballet in Progress

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A collaboration between James Sewell Ballet and Roots in the Sky.

This event has been moved to March of 2022, when the final product will be presented to the community. We apologize for the inconvenience.

About the Project:

Earth Tomes is a collaborative project featuring Roots in the Sky, Montana’s premier chamber choir, and James Sewell Ballet, a dance company based in Minneapolis, MN, in partnership with the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center in Big Sky, MT. 

As a whole, Earth Tomes explores a series of juxtapositions that were apparent to us from the outset of the project’s conception – ballet/choir, historical/contemporary music, urban/rural settings, and sacred/secular perspectives on death and grief. Structured around J.S. Bach’s funeral motet Jesu, meine Freude, Earth Tomes is fundamentally about relationships, and seeks to ask questions about the ways in which we view ourselves in relation to others – to those we love, to those we will never know, to the earth, and to the heavens – through a counterpoint of ballet and choir. 

The piece will premiere in March of 2022 as part of the annual winter season at WMPAC.


James Sewell Ballet was founded in New York City by James Sewell and Sally Rousse. Brought to Minnesota in 1993, this close-knit company of dance artists was built upon challenging their physical limits and expanding their notions about ballet. Over two decades later, JSB performances continue to move and delight audiences across the country with a dance troupe that blends the elegance of classical ballet, the freedom of modern dance, and the can-do spirit of vaudeville.

Roots in the Sky has established itself as Montana’s premier chamber choir through its commitment to presenting thoughtfully programmed performances of historical and contemporary choral works that ask questions about the world. Roots in the Sky has performed with Grammy award-winning choir The Crossing, Jitro Czech Children’s Choir, and many of Gallatin Valley’s finest instrumentalists. 

James Sewell Ballet performs “Dusty Realms.”

James Sewell Ballet, Roots in the Sky

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