Michael Pink - Artistic Director, Milwaukee Ballet

Sponsored by Joan & Jack* Stein

Michael Pink is the longest serving artistic director in Milwaukee Ballet 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. 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, The Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Romeo & Juliet, La Bohème, Don Quixote 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 10 years with the Company, he danced many leading roles. From 1986-1998, 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, including Strange Meeting, Solstice, Don’t Touch, Aubade, as well as works for theatre and television.
 
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.  He looks forward to future collaborations with more Milwaukee arts groups.
 
In 2008, the Wisconsin Dance Council presented Mr. Pink 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. He will receive the Civic Music Associations award for Distinguished Citizen - Professional in the Arts in October of this year.

*Deceased