Michael Pink - Artistic Director, Milwaukee Ballet

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Michael Pink is the longest serving artistic director in the organization’s history. Since joining the Company in December of 2002, he has established himself as a prominent member of the Milwaukee arts community, demonstrating his commitment to the future of dance through new work, education and collaboration. He continues to build a strong working relationship with Milwaukee Repertory Theater, where his collaborations include A Christmas Carol, Assassins, Cabaret and Next to Normal. His artistic vision for Milwaukee Ballet continues to be exciting and challenging. His long-awaited production of Peter Pan signified a major landmark in the Company’s history and was broadcast nationally by PBS in spring of 2014. Mr. Pink’s theatrical productions of Dracula, Esmeralda, Swan Lake, Giselle 1943, The Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Romeo & Juliet, La Bohème and Mirror Mirror have been hailed as ‘Classical Ballet for the 21st Century’.

Michael Pink is an international choreographer and teacher. He trained as a classical dancer at the Royal Ballet, joining English National Ballet in 1975. During his ten years with the Company, he danced many leading roles, most notably his partnership with Natalia Makarova in John Cranko’s Onegin. From 1986 to 1998 he worked alongside Christopher Gable as founding director of Ballet Central and associate artistic director of the Northern Ballet Theatre.

Throughout his career he has worked with such luminaries as Dame Ninette de Valois, Sir Frederick Ashton, Rudolf Nureyev, Léonide Massine, Nicholas Beriosoff and Glen Tetley.

His early choreographic work won him first place in the Ursula Moreton Choreographic Competition and the Royal Society of Arts Competition. He has worked as répétiteur for Rudolf Nureyev at the Paris Opera and La Scala Milan.

His first professional work, 1914, was nominated for a West End Theatre Award.

A long standing friendship with composer Philip Feeney has produced over 20 original works. His other works include Don Quixote, Strange Meeting, Esmeralda, Solstice, Don’t Touch, Aubade, as well as works for theatre and television.

In 2008, Mr. Pink was recognized by the Wisconsin Dance Council with the Choreography/Performance Award. In May 2014, he was honored by the Milwaukee Press Club with the Headliner Award for services to the arts.