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August 9, 2017
Lakes Area Music
Festival, Brainerd
October 14, 2017
The Art of Boxing.
The Sport of Ballet.
December 1-3, 2017
Clara’s Dream from
The Nutcracker
March 9-10, 2018
5th Anniversary Best
May 12-13, 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 that will only be seen at that show, so plan accordingly! 

Suite for Strings by Joseph Morrissey OR Shifts by Kinsun Chan
Locked Key by Zoé Emilie Henrot
Bella Luna by Peter Davison


About the Performance: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 tradition 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.“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 – watch for the announcement!“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 very beloved both by audiences and the company alike, all together in one evening.”

Jim Lieberthal and Zoé Henrot in Bella Luna; Nicole Brown in Locked Key; Company in Locked Key


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.

Joseph guests

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



Special thanks to the McKnight Foundation for making this possible
An original ballet by Artistic Director Zoé Emilie Henrot with music arranged and composed by Richard Erickson. Join us at the O’Shaughnessy to complete the 2017/18 season in 1920s New York City. With new set design my Anne Henly, set designer of Clara’s Dream from The Nutcracker and costumes by MaryBeth Gagner watch the well-known story of Carmen come to life in a different era.MORE INFORMATION SOON!May 12, 2018 at 7:30pm
May 13, 2017 at 2:00pm  See Past Seasons FREE OUTREACH PERFORMANCES:Ballet Tuesday at the Landmark CenterOctober 10, 2017
November 14, 2017
December 12, 2017
January 9, 2018
February 13, 2018
March 13, 2018
April 10, 2018
May 1, 2018Toddler Tuesdays at the Mall of AmericaNovember 7, 2017February 20, 2018April 3, 2018 Thank you to our 2017/18 Season Sponsors

Lakes Area Music Festival
Brainerd, Tornstrom Auditorium
August 9, 2017 at 7pm

The company travels to Brainerd for a performance with live orchestra as part of the Lakes Area Music Festival.

Doors open one hour prior to performance. Free of charge; general admission at the Tornstrom Auditorium, 804 Oak Street, Brainerd.

The Art of Boxing. The Sport of Ballet.
October 14, 2017

A night to explore the form and function of the dancer and the athlete.

What started as two different organizations sharing a common space grew to become a group of people that share a common vision. The Art of Boxing. The Sport of Ballet., put on by the partnership between the St. Paul Ballet and Element Gym, is a performance and an exhibition that explores the similar beauty behind the movement and preparation of the dancer and the athlete.

With the help from our friends at the Knight Arts Challenge, a national program committed to engaging and enriching communities through the arts, this performance will use SPB company members and professional athletes from Element to create an experience that highlights the grace, dynamism and shared rituals ingrained in the art of ballet and the sport of boxing.

Imagine a boxing ring and a stage on either side of a gymnasium with the audience in between. Created by the SPBs Artistic Director Zoé Emilie Henrot and Element Boxing Director Dalton Outlaw, The Art of Boxing. The Sport of Ballet is a community event created from a common vision to build equity, inclusivity and community through the art of movement.

Whether you come for the boxing, the ballet or both, this event is a truly unique cultural experience that pushes the boundaries on what we do and do not perceive to be art and sport in the modern athletic culture.

Thank you to our Event Partners



Clara’s Dream from The Nutcracker
The O’Shaughnessy
December 1, 2 & 3, 2017

Monday, November 27, 2017– Regular Classes at the studio All students
Tuesday, November 28, 2017– Tech Rehearsal CAST A & B Level 4 – 6    3:45pm-9:00pm
 Lighting and spacing. No costumes. Level 3          4:15pm-8:30pm
Level 2          4:15pm-7:30pm
Beg. Ballet & Level 1   4:30pm-7:30pm
Monday, November 27, 2017– Regular Classes at the studio All students
Tuesday, November 28, 2017– Tech Rehearsal CAST A & B Level 4 – 6    3:45pm-9:00pm
 Lighting and spacing. No costumes. Level 3          4:15pm-8:30pm
Level 2          4:15pm-7:30pm
Beg. Ballet & Level 1   4:30pm-7:30pm