James Sewell's choreography is difficult to pigeonhole. Neo-classical pointe work co-exists with dramatic ballets in bare feet to contemporary music and works inspired by Argentine tango, contact improvisation, and even Garrison Keillor's Guy Noir. The James Sewell Ballet celebrates 20 years of innovative and audience-friendly dances with a retrospective that includes excerpts from past Sewell works and Lar Lubovitch's celebrated male duet "Concerto 622," a timely addition in light of Minnesota's recent approval of the gay marriage bill. "Polyrhythmic Explorations" showcases Sewell's fiendishly complex coordination, while a section from his "Good Mourning" takes the issue of euthanasia head-on. JSB's feisty eight-member company includes outstanding artists who embrace risk and positively clamor for a good challenge. New this year and indicative of JSB dancers' versatility are Anton LaMon, whose credits include the lead in the national tour of Twyla Tharp's "Movin' Out," and Kelly Vittetoe, who comes with a background in ballet, hip-hop, and jazz dance. And as a special treat, divine former JSB dancer Penelope Freeh returns to perform the affecting solo "Pain's Pulse" from Sewell's "Love's Remembered." $20-$36. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. There will be a Halloween/family-friendly performance with a children's costume parade at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 26.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 26, 11 a.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: Oct. 25. Continues through Nov. 3, 2013