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14 Things to Look Forward to in 2014


Alright loyal fans, it’s time to pack away your nutcrackers and don your party hats. The New Year is upon us and there is so much more to come in this 2013-14 season. With superheroes and evil queens, trips to the theatre or down the rabbit hole - you want ballet – we got your ballet!

1.     2014 Summer Audition Tour: Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy faculty is jetting out across the country to find young, new talent for our six-week summer program and potentially, next year’s Nancy Einhorn Milwaukee Ballet II program! Find Milwaukee Ballet in 26 cities including Boca Raton, LA, New York and Philly to name a few. Take your best ballet class with Director Rolando Yanes, Mireille Favarel, Tatiana Jouravel-Malinkine, Karl von Rabenau or Monica Isla. Click here for the deets.

2.    MBIIs at SMPAC: Experience “delightful, delicious and de-lovely” dancing set to the music of Cole Porter when Milwaukee Ballet II presents new work on Saturday, January 25 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center. The only mainstage show of this season by Milwaukee Ballet II also features “Aubade” by Milwaukee Ballet Artistic Director Michael Pink and world premieres from both of Milwaukee Ballet’s Choreographers-in-Residence, Petr Zahradnícek and Timothy O’Donnell. For tickets, visit southmilwaukeepac.org.

3.    The Corps of 4 returns to thwart Dr. Injury in an encore of Milwaukee Ballet’s community outreach superhero-themed Ballet-in-a-Box production. On tour during January and February, the superhero MBII dancers will demonstrate their powers at 17 schools proving that “the arts are a powerful force!” Our only public show is on Tuesday, January 28 at 10:00 a.m. at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center – get your tickets now!

4.    The "Winter Series" at the Pabst is just what you’ll crave during the cold doldrums of February – hot, spicy, sizzling dance in the historic Pabst Theatre. Our annual Pints Before Pointe event will kick-off opening night (February 13) with the choreographers followed by three world premieres by Genesis winner Gabrielle Lamb, Company Dancer and Choreographer-in-Residence Timothy O’Donnell and, fresh from Italy, Luca Veggetti.

5.    Sick of sitting at boring fundraisers with mediocre food and too much talking? That just sounds evil… Look into our Mirror Mirror: The Ball 2014 for an enchanted evening of FUNdraising featuring the dancers, delicious delicacies and an after-party that will shatter your expectations! Feburary 22, 2014 at the Pfister Hotel. Contact Special Events Manager Molly Canan for more information – 414-902-2114.

6.    Come take a peek “Behind the Curtain” and see our Company Dancers in an intimate show of their own creation. Each year, the dancers host a special performance to benefit a transition fund that assists them in their life-after-ballet. They choose the pieces and entertain you afterwards with a lovely reception. Stay tuned for more info.

7.    Despite what our thermometers say today, soon it will be spring and we’ll be basking in the sun on the shore of Lake Michigan. Let’s celebrate with a triple bill of ballet in "Spring Series," April 3-6. New works by Matthew Neenan, Amy Seiwert will rejuvenate your spirit and feed your soul, while Vicente Nebrada’s “Our Waltzes” will dazzle and delight.

8.    Fancy a cup of tea? Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy’s production of "Alice in Wonderland" will hit the spot. Follow Alice’s adventure through tears and talking flowers as she tries to make sense of a crazed game of croquet and an angry queen. The shows on April 12 and 13, choreographed and directed by Rolando Yanes, showcase all of our students from each of the branches: Jodi Peck Center, Towne Centre and Riverpoint. This is a wonderful option for parents with little ones who can’t quite sit through a mainstage performance.

9.    Milwaukee Ballet has participated in a few of Art Milwaukee’s awesome Art Jamborees in the past few years. These events bring art, pop culture and tons of people together at hip locations in our ever-evolving city. You can imagine our excitement when they asked the MBIIs to be featured artists in an April event. Details are still being configured – but we can say this – local music, contemporary ballet, a cool spot with cocktails and creatives abound.

10.    Pop that popcorn and put on a pirate hat. The premiere of "Peter Pan" on MPTV is happening on April 18 at 8:00 p.m. From the buzz about the office, it looks amazing and is full of fun behind-the-scenes footage of Michael Pink’s production.

11.     Our Artist Series events feature someone whose mastery of skill makes our productions the world class oeuvres that they are. One of those artists who make us look so damn good is Lighting Designer and Emmy Award winner David Grill. Join us for an evening in which we hear about how David does what he does, for the Ballet, the President and even Madonna at the Super Bowl halftime show!

12.     May will bring us all something we’ve been waiting for all season and we hope it will be the fairest of them all. Michael Pink’s “Mirror Mirror” premieres on May 15. The haute couture costumes are taking shape as will the rest of this shiny, seductive show. Miss it and you’ll be sorry.

13.    Bidding the MBIIs farewell and good luck is always bittersweet but we commemorate their accomplishments with a wonderful Graduation Celebration on Friday, May 30 at noon. These 20 young artists will dance for us and we’ll send them out into the world – some to dance, others onto new horizons, all with our blessing and gratitude!

14.     Hundreds of students will make their way to Milwaukee for our prestigious Summer Intensive Program starting on June 23. For six to eight hours a day, little dancers become better dancers over the course of our intense program which offers technical training in ballet, pointe, partnering and a variety of styles.