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Israeli choreographers featured by James Sewell Ballet

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By MAX SPARBER

As half of a two-part program of contemporary ballet Nov. 4-5, Minneapolis troupe the James Sewell Ballet will present a piece by Israeli choreographers Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar.

Eyal and Behar are in the Twin Cities as part of the McKnight International Choreographers residency, which provides an annual Minneapolis residency to one artist from around the world, pairing them with local dancers and providing them an opportunity to present their work in Minnesota.

The James Sewell Ballet performs a dance by choreographers Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar.

The James Sewell Ballet performs a dance by choreographers Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar. (Photo: Erik Saulitis)

Eyal and Behar are cofounders of the Israeli troupe L-E-V, and have choreographed multiple pieces for other dance troupes, including 2009’s “Killer Pig,” originally created for Carte Blanche in Norway, which the James Sewell Ballet will perform.

The piece combines movements that are recognizably balletic with abstract stage pictures and strenuous, repetitive, almost mechanical movement, performed by dancers in skin-colored, form-fitting costumes that make the program look like an ritual performed by manikins, sometimes, by ecstatic celebrants, sometimes, and then sometimes by space aliens.

The piece is paired with an original work of choreography by James Sewell titled “Octet,” based around Felix Mendelssohn’s composition for a double string quartet.

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The James Sewell Ballet’s performance of “Octet” and “Killer Pig” plays November 4-6 at the O’Shaughnessy Auditorium at St. Catherine University, 2004 Randolph Ave, St Paul. Tickets start at $24. For information and tickets, contact The O’Shaughnessy Ticket Office at 651-690-6700 or in-person Monday-Saturday, 12 to 6 p.m. The ticket office is located on the main campus of St. Catherine University, 2004 Randolph Ave., Saint Paul. Tickets can be purchased online at oshag.stkate.edu.

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