Innovative Motion Press Release


Ashley Franks
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Milwaukee Ballet stages multi-sensory production at The Pabst
-Innovative Motion features two new works & classic Aiello Piece, runs February 11-14-

MILWAUKEE – January 14, 2010 – Toned muscles, flexible bodies and contemporary ballet combine for Milwaukee Ballet’s multi-sensory performance of three abstract pieces in Innovative Motion. Audiences can discover the dancers’ athleticism, strength and versatility up close at the intimate Pabst Theater February 11-14, 2010. The works featured in Innovative Motion are new to Milwaukee Ballet’s repertoire and two are original pieces. The guest choreographers working with the Company reinforce Milwaukee Ballet’s dedication to debuting innovative pieces.

“This is the life-blood of dance,” says Michael Pink, artistic director. “It’s extremely important to generate new work. It’s interesting, vital to the development of our artists, and critical to continuing our effort to reach new generations of ballet-goers.”

Salvatore Aiello’s Clowns and Others features vignettes of 10 clowns portraying human traits such as compassion, grief and wonder, set to live accompaniment of Sergei Prokofiev’s humorous piano score. Aiello’s choreography is about capturing the human spirit, portraying the dynamics of human nature and how it’s handled, human to human. Jerri Kumery, curator of the Salvatore Aiello Trust, will stage the ballet.

Luc Vanier’s world premiere, Sur_Rendered, continues the collaboration between the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) and Milwaukee Ballet through a unique blend of movement and visual imagery. Vanier, an assistant professor at UWM’s Peck School of The Arts, is using motion capture technology as a way to link animation in real time for the stage. Motion capture technology refers to the process of recording movement and translating that movement onto a digital model. Sur_Rendered explores all steps that use a spiral for their proper execution, which is when dancers twist up and out toward the audience. Dntel, an electronic musician, and Susanna and the Magical Orchestra, will provide the soundtrack.

The winner of Milwaukee Ballet’s 2009 international choreographic competition, Timothy O’Donnell, returns to Milwaukee with another world premiere, Boléro, Let There Be Light. Set to Ravel’s “Boléro” and sound bytes from historical speeches, O’Donnell’s ballet is a series of questions, the main one being, “Will we continue to take authority as the truth, or will we start taking truth as the authority?” This year, O’Donnell is one of four artistic directors of new dance company, Ludwig. He spent his formative years with the Australian Ballet School and West Australia Ballet.

Innovative Motion runs February 11-14 at the Pabst Theater, 144 E. Wells St., Milwaukee. Tickets range from $25-$88. To order or for additional information, call (414) 902-2103 or visit Innovative Motion is generously sponsored by Briggs & Stratton, GS Design and the Paula M. Steiner Family Foundation.

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Pints Before Pointe
Audiences are invited to join Milwaukee Ballet on Thursday, February 11 for an exclusive look inside the choreographer’s creative process before seeing Innovative Motion live at The Pabst Theater. Scheduled guests include Luc Vanier and Timothy O’Donnell. The event begins at 6 p.m. in the Salon at the InterContinental Hotel, 139 E. Kilbourn Ave. A cash bar and complimentary appetizers will be available. The cost is $35, which includes a prime seating ticket to the performance. Current ticket holders can attend the event for just $10. For more information or to RSVP, contact Leslie Rivers at (414) 902-2102 or lrivers [at] milwaukeeballet [dot] org.

Milwaukee Ballet
Founded in 1970, Milwaukee Ballet strives to inspire its audiences to think within and beyond traditional ballet through the presentation of quality performances and the implementation of educational opportunities. Milwaukee Ballet and Milwaukee Ballet School are recognized among the top companies in the nation. Milwaukee Ballet School is the only professional dance school in the Midwest accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance. With an annual operating budget of more than $5 million, Milwaukee Ballet presents more than 40 performances to more than 50,000 people each year. Its resident company includes 25 professional dancers along with 18 trainees in its Nancy Einhorn Milwaukee Ballet II program and is one of the few dance companies in the country to maintain its own symphony orchestra. Milwaukee Ballet School, the official school of the Ballet, has an enrollment of nearly 900 students at three locations throughout Southeastern Wisconsin.


Note to Editors: Interviews with Milwaukee Ballet’s Artistic Director Michael Pink, Luc Vanier, and Timothy O’Donnell are available upon request. High-resolution images are available, as well.