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The William Shatner Ballet

I've been participating in rehearsals for all three pieces in Live and Kicking (May 14-17), and I'm in awe of the physical capabilities of our dancers, and how they continue to stretch their boundaries and abilities.

Mark Godden is putting the final touches on his world premiere titled Wonder Wild (A daughter's want of a father's gaze). The story fuses Celtic music, spoken word excerpts from James Joyce's Finnegan's Wake, and a dramatic re-interpretation of a Britney Spears' "Toxic". It works well and is an incredibly strong performance.

I wasn't sure what to expect from a Swedish rock band, but Hoven Droven's music fits Val Caniparoli's performance of Gustav's Rooster beautifully. Just like the music, the choreography is crisp and graceful, and takes audiences on a whirl-wind tour of European villages.

And of course there's Margo Sappington's Common People. I caught up with Margo last month at the Nashville Film Festival for the premiere of William Shatner's Gonzo Ballet, which includes performance footage from Milwaukee Ballet's original 2007 performance of Common People. As I'm sure you've heard by now, Common People is set to William Shatner's spoken word album "Has Been", a collaboration with Ben Folds. The performance was a hit in 2007 and I can guarantee audiences will be amazed again. Check these out:

You can't miss this show! The choreography, the music, the lighting....everything is spectacular! I can't wait for you to see what the choreographers and dancers have been up to. It's going to be a great end to an incredible season.

See you at the show,

Michael Pink, Artistic Director