Milwaukee Ballet's 40th anniversary season includes a repertoire illustrating the
Company's commitment to showcasing ground-breaking new works, providing
family-friendly entertainment and world-class performances, all at a great value. In
addition to the numerous world premieres, audiences anxiously await Peter Pan, a
completely original work choreographed by Artistic Director Michael Pink and
composed by Philip Feeney (Dracula). We hope you'll take a few moments to read about
Milwaukee Ballet's exciting season full of adventure, innovation and magic.
Please let us know if you're interested in speaking with Michael Pink or Executive
Director Dennis Buehler. As always, you are welcome to attend Milwaukee Ballet's
performances and we hope you can join us in celebrating this milestone year! Show
times and information can be found on Milwaukee Ballet's new and enhanced Web site:
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Milwaukee Ballet Announces 40th Anniversary Season
Three family-favorites, a world premiere of Peter Pan and ground-breaking new works
highlight 2009-10 season
MILWAUKEE - March 18, 2009 - From family favorites to exciting world premieres,
Milwaukee Ballet's 40th anniversary season promises to take audiences on a thrilling
adventure. The Company announced its 2009-10 season, which includes a repertoire
illustrating the Ballet's commitment to showcasing innovative new works, provides
family-friendly entertainment and world-class performances, all at a great value.
Last year's very successful family ticket package is back and includes three magical
productions for audiences of all ages to enjoy: Cinderella, The Nutcracker and Peter
Pan. Milwaukee Ballet and the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts also welcome
back the popular Trey McIntyre Project for an exclusive one-night-only performance
of Ma Maison.
"Our community's commitment to sustaining world-class ballet is stronger than ever
as we celebrate this milestone year," said Artistic Director Michael Pink. "Over the
years, Milwaukee Ballet has set itself apart through an unyielding commitment to
showcasing new works. In addition to family-favorites and classical ballet,
audiences will continue to see inventive pieces by internationally acclaimed
The season begins October 22-25, bringing a family favorite to life, Michael Pink's
Cinderella. This classic tale combines the magic of fairy godmothers and spells,
with the true emotions of love and heartache. Prokofiev's score, period costumes,
glass slippers and a pumpkin carriage whisk audiences away to an enchanting world.
Forty years of magic continues December 11-27 with the timeless holiday favorite,
The Nutcracker. Pink's visual fantasy comes to life as Clara, Fritz and Marie find
themselves awake in their own dream on a magical journey around the world. Elaborate
scenery, stunning choreography and beautiful costumes capture the imaginations of
young and old. Played live by the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra and sung by the
Milwaukee Children's Choir, Tchaikovsky's magnificent score elevates the production
to a new level. Dancers from the Milwaukee Ballet School highlight the youthful joy
of The Nutcracker.
Running February 11-14, 2010 at the intimate Pabst Theater, Innovative Motion begins
with Salvatore Aiello's Clowns and Others. Set to Prokofiev's humorous piano score,
this charming ballet features vignettes of 10 clowns portraying human traits such as
compassion, grief and wonder. Innovative Motion also features world premieres by
choreographer Luc Vanier and the winner of Milwaukee Ballet's 2009 Genesis:
International Choreographic Competition.
Pure Dance, March 25-58, 2010, will express emotion and story-telling using a vivid
combination of music and dance. This triple bill includes Jerry Opdenaker's
award-winning Coeur de Basque, and two world premieres from Company member Petr
Zahradnícek and Val Caniparoli. Fusing Hispanic, Arabic and non-traditional
melodies, Coeur de Basque is a lively choreographic tour of Spanish dance halls and
As the culmination of a truly magical 40th anniversary season, the world premiere of
Peter Pan, May 13-16, 2010, features choreography by Artistic Director Michael Pink
and an original score composed for the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra by internationally
acclaimed Philip Feeney. Lavish costumes, magical lighting and imaginative sets are
being created especially for Milwaukee Ballet's original production. The performance
includes members of the Milwaukee Children's Choir and young dancers from Milwaukee
All performances of Cinderella, The Nutcracker, Pure Dance and Peter Pan will take
place at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. Innovative Motion will be
performed at the Pabst Theater.
The Ballet offers four flexible ticket packages for subscribers, including the
popular Family Package. For more information about becoming a Ballet subscriber or
to purchase single tickets, please contact Milwaukee Ballet at (414) 902-2103 or
<http://www.milwaukeeballet.org/> . Opening night
dinner packages are available for patrons looking to make a night out of their
Milwaukee Ballet has two shows remaining in the current 2008-09 season, Genesis:
International Choreographic Competition, March 26-29 at the Pabst Theater and Live &
Kicking, May 14-17 at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. Single tickets for
both shows are still available.
Trey McIntyre Project
As part of a two-week residency with Milwaukee Ballet and the University of Wisconsin-
Milwaukee, the versatile Trey McIntyre Project returns for a one-night-only
performance March 9, 2010 at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. Dance
enthusiasts will experience the Milwaukee premiere of Ma Maison featuring dancers
from Milwaukee Ballet Academy and the Nancy Einhorn Milwaukee Ballet II program.
Commissioned in 2008 by the New Orleans Ballet Association, this performance is set
to jazz music by the renowned New Orleans' Preservation Hall Jazz Band. This
exclusive engagement is a unique collaboration between Milwaukee Ballet and the
Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets range from $32-$48 and can be
purchased by calling the Marcus Center box office at (414) 273-7206.
Founded in 1970, Milwaukee Ballet strives to inspire its audiences to think within
and beyond traditional ballet through the presentation of quality performances and
the implementation of educational opportunities. Milwaukee Ballet and Milwaukee
Ballet School are recognized among the top companies in the nation. Milwaukee
Ballet School is the only professional dance school in the Midwest accredited by the
National Association of Schools of Dance. With an annual operating budget of more
than $5 million, Milwaukee Ballet presents more than 40 performances to more than
50,000 people each year. Its resident company includes 25 professional dancers
along with 18 trainees in its Nancy Einhorn Milwaukee Ballet II program and is one
of the few dance companies in the country to maintain its own symphony orchestra.
Milwaukee Ballet School, the official school of the Ballet, has an enrollment of
nearly 900 students at three locations throughout Southeastern Wisconsin.