James Sewell pushes ballet, sometimes kicking and screaming, into the 21st century. His personable company dances the heck out of Sewell's fiendishly complex choreography and makes it look, if not exactly easy, certainly like a whole lot of fun. Fresh from recent New York performances, the company will present three works, two by Sewell and one by the 19th-century master Marius Petipa. Sewell's "Kinetic Head" is a tongue twister of a ballet where dancers explore the kind of multiple coordinations that make patting your head while rubbing your tummy look, well, rudimentary. His "Schoenberg's Serenade" reveals the fluid soul beneath Arnold Schoenberg's ornery 12-tone dissonance, while variations from Petipa's "Raymonda" give a taste of the 19th-century Russian classicism at the root of Sewell's exuberant oeuvre. For the kids and those of us with shorter attention spans, there is "First Chance Dance," a 60-minute performance of family-friendly highlights at 11:00 a.m. on October 27, for only $10.
Fri., Oct. 26, 8 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 27, 11 a.m. & 8 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 28, 2 p.m., 2007