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Michael Pink on the Ballet's 2011-12 Season

By now you may have heard the dynamic line up of our 2011-12 Season. We’ve assembled a repertoire illustrating the Ballet’s commitment to showcasing innovative new works, and providing family-friendly entertainment and world-class performances, all at a great value.

We will open in October with perhaps my most well-known piece, Dracula. I staged it here in 2005 and people have been begging me to bring it back. This ballet has been seen all around the world, and I feel it’s high time for Transylvania’s most famous resident to return to Milwaukee. Dracula will also feature a score created by my friend, Philip Feeney, played live by the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra.

December always means its time for Milwaukee’s most magical holiday tradition, The Nutcracker. I’m often accused of updating the production every year. I promise, I haven’t. Any difference you may notice would either be the result of a new dancer in a featured role, or another chance to catch some of the details I’ve woven into the piece. There’s a lot in there. The Nutcracker will include students of the Milwaukee Ballet School the voices of the Milwaukee Children’s Choir, accompanied by the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra.

February is when we mix things up and head over to the Pabst Theater. The Winter Series will feature an exciting piece from Brock Clawson, praised for his “acrobatic and daring” choreography and another world premiere from Mauro de Candia, the winner of this year’s Genesis. I’m also happy to present Company dancer Petr Zahradnícek the opportunity to create another world premiere for us. He’s been building quite the reputation for himself.

The Spring Series will give us a chance to present three more new and exciting works. Lila York’s popular Celts is a personal history of Ireland, blending Irish folk dancing with contemporary and award winning traditional Celtic music from The Chieftains. The Last Glass from Matthew Neenan features selections from the indie-rock sounds of Beirut. Alejandro Cerrudo’s Extremely Close rounds out the series and features piano solos from Phillip Glass and Dustin O’Halloran.

The season will close with another one of my ballets, the timeless childhood classic, Peter Pan. I’ve had so many people tell me they either missed it the first time around (as you’ll recall, we sold out all four performances) or were dying to see it again. As we say in this industry, “Give the people what they want.” Peter Pan took five years to create, resulting in an adventure surpassing the audience’s wildest dreams, as well as my own. The Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra will again be on hand to play Philip Feeney's score.

Now is the time to subscribe to enjoy all the benefits of being a Milwaukee Ballet insider. A Full Season Subscription earns you a discount of 25%. Or try our Friends and Family Package, and attend The Nutcracker, Peter Pan, and a third show of your choice at a discount. With five flexible subscription packages, there is sure to be one that’s perfect for you. I’ll see you at the theater.

Michael Pink
Artistic Director