Gentle Human Ballet Co.Laboratory Image courtesy event organizers


Ballet Co. Laboratory: Gentle Human

April 6
7:30 p.m.
April 7
2 p.m.

When artistic director Zoe Emilie Henrot was fired from St. Paul Ballet last August, it was the beginning of a journey both for Henrot and the former SPB ensemble members who quit in protest. They formed a new company, Ballet Co.Laboratory, which makes its Cowles Center debut this weekend. Gentle Human reflects on the events that led to the new company’s formation, and uses poetry from Nikita Gill’s Wild Embers. A London-based British-Indian poet, Gill has become popular on Instagram for her feminist verse. The company is founded on tenets of collaboration and exploration, while also pushing against tropes of what ballet is supposed to be.