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Cowles 2018

St. Paul Ballet has asked audiences to select the best of five seasons for a multifaceted anniversary celebration at The Cowles Center. From poignant to moving, with a bit of charm and verve, St. Paul Ballet takes its cue from audience favorites in classical and contemporary ballet. This special program will include the one-act story ballet Bella Luna by Peter Davison and Locked Key by Zoé Emilie Henrot. Each show will also have a different Audience Choice work: Suite for Strings by Joseph Morrissey OR Shifts by Kinsun Chan that will only be seen at that show, so plan accordingly! 

Friday, March 9, 2018 @ 7:30pm 
Saturday, March 10, 2018 @ 7:30pm
Tickets $26-$36
(fees included)

Suite for Strings by Joseph Morrissey OR Shifts by Kinsun Chan
Text REVEAL to 51555 to receive a text one hour before the show to find out which work will be performed!
Locked Key by Zoé Emilie Henrot
Bella Luna by Peter Davison

About the Performances

Bella Luna is a ballet in one act, which premiered at The Cowles Center in 2014. Inspired by the traditional characters and situations of Commedia dell’Arte, this Tristan and Isolde-inspired tale of tragic love plays out under the glow of the beautiful moon as Izzy and Arlo’s love proves to be no match for convention and deceit.

Created by Henrot in 2015, Locked Key explores the circular nature of human psychology, capturing the rise and fall of emotion through fluid strength.


Shifts is inspired by the shape of the cello and the movements of the musician. Kinsun Chan marries one cellist and thirteen dancers on stage in fourteen chairs. Guest cellist Theresa Richardson joins the SPB.

Suite for Strings is Joseph Morrissey’s fast and furious work featuring fluid partnering for four couples making it a thrilling example of ballet’s evolution.

“These pieces show the depth and breadth of the company and of the individual dancers,” says Henrot. “They demonstrate how much terrain we’ve covered in a short five years.” Completing the triple bill are the Audience Choice pieces – one for each evening!

“To mark this anniversary, we asked the audience to choose the third piece that we perform each night through online voting. We wanted to give them the opportunity to tell us what they love and to maybe see that one piece that they’ve just been dying to see again” Henrot explains. “It’s going to be very exciting to see these very different pieces, which are beloved both by audiences and the company alike, all together in one evening.”


One of the stars of Bella Luna is a bicycle! Last summer, St. Paul Ballet and Handsome Cycles partnered in Bikes +Ballet to introduce the new Beatrix model which will be ridden on stage by the star-crossed lovers.

Also, Handsome Cycles will be donating 20% of bike sales during the weekend of March 9 and 10, 2018 to the School of St. Paul Ballet to help children learn the art of ballet. Bikes will be on display in the lobby.

And there’s more! Biking to the performance? Show your helmet and receive 20% off your ticket!


Peter_for-bio2015About Peter Davison, Choreographer: Peter brings over 38 years of diverse performing experience. In 1982 Peter became a founding member of the trio Airjazz with which he appeared at venues such as the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, New Zealand International Festival of the Arts, BAM, and the Hong Kong Arts Festival. He has also been a member of David Taylor Dance Theater, Jan Justis Dance Company, Kim Robards Dance, and 3rd Law Dance/Theater, and has performed principal roles with Boulder Ballet since 1987. Peter has received the Arts Innovation Award from the Colorado Federation of the Arts and the Performance Fellowship from the Colorado Council on the Arts. He has choreographed works for several Colorado-based companies, and he is a recipient of the 2009 Ballet Builders Award for Choreography, from New Choreographers on Pointe in New York City.



kinsun1About Kinsun Chan, Choreographer: He began his studies in Art and Graphic Design, entering the ballet world at a late age. He started his professional dance career in America and was a finalist at the Varna International Ballet Competition. Kinsun came to Europe when he was invited to join the Zürich Ballet and Basel Ballet, dancing many soloist roles from renown choreographers such as Kylián, Forsythe, Duato, Spoerli, Van Manen, Wherlock and Wubbe. His first choreography was created at the Zürich Ballet. He was then invited by Reid Anderson to choreograph for the “Noverre Society” at the Stuttgart Ballet. His choreographies have been performed by the Basel Ballet, Singapore Dance Theater,Tiroler Landestheater, Tanz Luzerner Theater, Hong Kong Ballet, Hannover Ballet, Staatstheater Kassel, Royal Ballet School of Antwerp, John Cranko Ballet School, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts and the Tanz Akademie Zürich. He has worked with Opera and Musical Directors, Jens-Daniel Herzog, Michael Sturminger, Goetz Friedrich, Bernd Mottl, Dominique Mentha and Tatjana Gürbaca. Kinsun’s dance films have been shown at the WestFest Dance Festival (NYC),Jumping Frames Dance Video Festival (Hong Kong) and Act Festival (Spain). His creation for the Hong Kong Ballet was invited to the Jacobs Pillow Festival (USA) and Festival des arts de Saint-Sauveur (Quebec, Canada). Kinsun’s choreography bring full circle his work in Art and Design, encompassing a dynamic visual language.

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About Joseph Morrissey, Choreographer: He has twice been invited to choreograph for the Stuttgart Ballet’s Noverre Society and was later selected to participate in the New York Choreographic Institute, where he worked with dancers at the School of American Ballet and musicians at The Juilliard School. In 2017 Morrissey was invited to participate in Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s ChoreoPlan and his work has been presented with Roberto Bolle and Friends from American Ballet Theatre throughout Italy and Sicily. Morrissey has also choreographed for the Festival Ballet d’Adriatico held in Ascoli Piceno, Italy and the Inside / Out performance series presented by The School of Ballet at Jacob’s Pillow, a program of which he is a two-time alumnus.

Joseph Morrissey is the Director of Dance at Interlochen Center for the Arts after serving as Director of Artistic Planning and Touring for The Hong Kong Ballet. He has danced with the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich, Germany; Charleston Ballet Theatre; and Boston Ballet II. Morrissey holds a Master of Arts in Performing Arts Administration from New York University and a Bachelor of Science in Classical Ballet from The Jacob’s School of Music at Indiana University. He is a graduate of The Harid Conservatory and has furthered his classical ballet training at summer programs including the Royal Ballet School in London and the Houston Ballet Academy.

Three of Morrissey’s ballets are in the SPB repertoire: Suite for Strings, One and Mein Weg