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2010-11 Season: A Nod to the Classics, An Eye on the Future

by Michael Pink, Artistic Director

Michael PinkI’m thrilled to share news of what’s coming up during our 2010-11 season. The excitement, beauty and incredible strength of the dancers you’ve seen this year is just the beginning of what you’ll experience next season.

Esmeralda is an emotionally charged and highly theatrical production with spectacular gothic scenery and costumes. Emmy Award winner David Grill will be back as our lighting designer for this show. I’ve worked with David on several productions now including The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty and most recently Cinderella. The score is composed by Philip Feeney whom I’ve also collaborated with on several productions including the upcoming world premiere of Peter Pan this spring.

In addition to Esmeralda, the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra will perform in two additional shows this season—the timeless holiday favorite, The Nutcracker, and the classic Coppélia. The latter is surely the most comedic ballet ever made—a colorful show which is fun to produce, perform and enjoy. It’s a ridiculous story—boy meets doll, boy falls in love with doll, boy’s wife-to-be becomes jealous, chaos erupts and in the end everyone’s happy.

The 2010-11 season includes Genesis, our fourth international choreographic competition, a demonstration of Milwaukee Ballet’s commitment to generating new and innovative works. We’ll challenge three finalists to create a dynamic new work from scratch in just three weeks.

The aptly titled Three is just that: three beautifully crafted works in one dynamic performance. Diane Coburn Bruning’s Ramblin’ Suite is a ballet I’ve been working to bring to Milwaukee for a few years. It’s a fun piece set to eclectic music from the Red Clay Ramblers. Three also includes Broad Waters from our own Petr Zahradnícek, and a new work from Darrell Grand Moultrie. Some may remember Vital Sensations from 2006, his first work with Milwaukee Ballet.

So there you are—the classics, new works, magic and spectacles continue to roll into our 41st season. I can’t wait to embark on that journey, but right now I’m engulfed in Neverland!

Michael Pink, Artistic Director