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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
Just added! April 15, 2018
The Art of Boxing—
The Sport of Ballet
May 12-13, 2018


Ordway 2018

Experience a beautiful and raw performance as
ballet dancers and boxers illuminate our common bonds with electric physicality.



Ballet + Boxing for Ordway from Maribeth Romslo on Vimeo.

The Art of Boxing – The Sport of Ballet springs from the partnership between the St. Paul Ballet and Element Gym.
Their shared performance is an interactive experience that crackles with energy, blurring lines and illuminating the grace, athleticism and common rituals of ballet and boxing. The performance, fundein part bThe Knight Foundation Cultural Opportunity Fund, springs from the unusual partnership between the St. Paul Ballet and Element Gym that is sure to challenge stereotypes as it bridges seemingly disparate cultures and demanding physical pursuits. The St. Paul Ballet’s Artistic Director Zoé Emilie Henrot and Element Boxing Director Dalton Outlaw choreographed the performance as aninteractive experience that highlights the common rituals of ballet and boxing. 
The partnership between St. Paul Ballet and Element Gym began organically as the St. Paul Ballet and Element Gym shared common space with dancers and boxers, working and training side by side. The partnership evolved as the two groups learned more about their common goals to transform lives, build community and to provide access to high quality programs in an inclusive, diverse community. The organization’s leaders, both passionate about their craft, also see in the partnership a unique opportunity to bring cultures together. Together, the organizations serve more than 500 individuals every year and hope to reach many more.


In 2016, St. Paul Ballet and Element Gym were one of 27 organizations selected to receive the Knight Arts Challenge award, which funds the best ideas for engaging and enriching communities through the arts in four U.S. cities: Akron, Detroit, Miami and St. Paul. Their first major joint performance last October received enthusiastic support from a diverse audience with audience members calling their collaboration“transformative” and “life changing.” 



Post-show Mingle | Target Atrium at The Ordway

Immediately following the performance meet the artistic directors, Zoé Emilie Henrot and Dalton Outlaw along with the dancers and boxers after the performance for a Q&A and conversation.

Additionally, meet local independent filmmaker, Maribeth Romslo and students from the High School for the Recording Arts who filmed the Art of Boxing—The Sport of Ballet in October 2017 to gain real-world experience, build their resumes and create video shorts of their interpretations of the collaboration.
This performance is made possible in part by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.





FREE Screening of the Performance of The Art of Boxing – The Sport of Ballet at the James J Hill Center
Monday, February 26, 2018    6:30-9:00pm

The Art of Boxing – The Sport of Ballet, a FREE screening of the October 14, 2017 performance at the beautiful James J Hill Center. Complimentary drinks and snacks will be served at and the screening will begin at 7:00pm. You’ll see special documentary shorts created by students from the High School for Recording Arts under the direction of local film maker Maribeth Romslo as well as the full video of the performance from October 14th.

Stay after the screening for a Talk Back with the St. Paul Ballet Company Artists and Professional Boxers of Element Gym as well a chance to get discounted tickets to see the show in person on April 15 at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts.


James J Hill Center
80 West 4th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102
Please enter enter the library up the staircase on the left side of the front of the building, closest to Market Street

Thank you to the James J Hill Center for supporting St. Paul Ballet and Element Gym in this event.

OShaughnessy 2018


Special thanks to the McKnight Foundation for making this possible

The professional company of St. Paul Ballet’s will complete the 2017/18 season in 1920s New York City. Carmen is an original ballet by Artistic Director Zoé Emilie Henrot with music after Bizet’s original, arranged with new sections by local artist Richard Erickson. Inspired by Georges Bizet’s original score and the story of the opera, SPB’s Carmen will bring the characters and storyline into a different era. With new sets designed my Anne Henly, imaginative costumes by MaryBeth Gagner and a live five-piece jazz band on stage with the Company, see the electric energy of the 1920s spring to life in St. Paul Ballet’s Carmen.

May 12, 2018 at 7:30pm
May 13, 2017 at 2:00pm

Community School Show, Friday, May 11 at 10:30am.
Open to public, charter, and private schools, homeschool groups, assisted living homes and more members of the community!

Contact Outreach Team Lead Michelle Ludwig for details


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


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