James Sewell Ballet & The Ahn Trio

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Different and unpredictable, this is the company to see.

– New York Times

Longtime Big Sky favorites James Sewell Ballet return to the WMPAC stage for the 10th year for an evening of movement and music. They will couple with the Ahn Trio, a Juilliard-trained trio of sisters who bring a dynamic, innovative approach to classical music. The musicians and dancers collaborate onstage for a free-wheeling and exciting performance.


James Sewell Ballet was founded in New York City by James Sewell and Sally Rousse and brought to Minnesota in 1993. Combining their expertise, vision and chutzpah they envisioned a close-knit company of dance artists willing to both challenge their physical limits and expand their notions about ballet. Over three decades later, critically acclaimed JSB performances move and delight audiences across the country. The embodiment of the original vision is a professional company of dancers performing innovative work that explores the technical boundaries of ballet as they blend the elegance of classical ballet, the freedom of modern dance, and the can-do spirit of vaudeville.

They will pair onstage with The Ahn Trio—composed of sisters Lucia (piano), Maria (cello) and Angella (violin)—who has enthralled audiences with their freewheeling approach to chamber music, their original programming, musical trailblazing and their unabashed zeal in playing works written for them by living composers. All trained at the Juilliard School of music, the Korean-born sisters have been celebrated as consummate musicians, innovative collaborators, classical music ambassadors and teachers. The LA Times has called them “exacting and exciting musicians,” and New York Newsday has proclaimed them “Classical Revolutionaries.”

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