James Sewell makes ballet accessible without being condescending. He and his versatile, remarkable dancers take classical ballet on a wild ride with lots of unexpected twists, turns, and torques. But he also offers a subtle exercise in how traditional and contemporary dance can spark off of one another to create juicy new dialects. This time out, Sewell creates a new work to the music of the Bad Plus, the jazz trio labeled "about as badass as highbrow gets" by Rolling Stone Magazine. It's not an inappropriate description of Sewell's own work, and that of JSB co-founder Sally Rousse, who reprises her spiky, witty duet with cellist Laura Sewell in "Protective Coloring for Pointe and Cello." Also on this program is Penelope Freeh's richly textured folk ballad "Simple Folk." Newbies to JSB might want to sample a 60-minute version for only $10 on Saturday.
Thu., Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 23-24, 8 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 24, 11 a.m.; Sun., Oct. 25, 2 p.m., 2009