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Amahl and the Night Visitors Nov. 19
The James Sewell Ballet will perform Amahl and the Night Visitors at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, in Hall Auditorium. The performance is part of the Miami University Performing Arts Series and sponsored by Beth Swailes and the Ohio Arts Council.
The James Sewell Ballet company was established in New York in 1990 and moved to the Minneapolis-St. Paul area in 1993. The company has a mission to create and perform an engaging repertoire based in the ballet idiom to broaden audience access to dance and to advance the art form. The essential elements are the choreography of Sewell, performances by the dancers, and educational and outreach efforts. The company has toured more than 40 Minnesota communities, 22 states, and Bermuda twice.
Amahl was written by Gian Carlo Menotti for NBC as the first television opera and was first broadcast in 1951. It tells the story of Amahl, a poor crippled boy, and his encounter with three visitors who seek lodging at his home during their star-led journey. The James Sewell Ballets interpretation of this holiday treasure uses several movement styles, including the visual/gestural style of American Sign Language.