Milwaukee Ballet Announces 2010-11 Season

Three full-length ballets featuring the live Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, a charming new production of Coppélia, and groundbreaking new works highlight 2010-11 season

MILWAUKEE – March 9, 2010 – The excitement returns for Milwaukee Ballet’s 41st season filled with captivating productions that will take audiences on charming and humorous adventures. The Company today announced its 2010-11 season, which includes 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. This year’s groundbreaking season begins with the imaginative story telling of a young gypsy woman, Esmeralda, followed by the holiday tradition The Nutcracker, and closes with a charming new production of the humorous ballet, Coppélia. The Ballet will also present a world premiere from Darrell Grand Moultrie, Diane Coburn Bruning’s bluegrass-inspired Ramblin’ Suite, and Broad Waters from Milwaukee Ballet’s Petr Zahradnícek.

“Our commitment continues to providing audiences with timeless classics, magical favorites, world-class spectacles and innovative new works, while offering the ultimate in flexibility and an abundance of opportunities to meet the Company and enhance a family’s ballet-going experience,” said Artistic Director Michael Pink.

The season begins October 28-31, bringing a twist on an old tale with Michael Pink’s Esmeralda. Pink’s emotionally-charged performance follows the beautiful young gypsy, Esmeralda, in 15th century Paris who tragically finds herself trapped between her natural desires and the confinement of the church. This suspenseful story and highly-theatrical production features period costumes, scenery and a lively new lighting design. Dancers from Milwaukee Ballet II join the Company in this thrilling show accompanied by Philip Feeney’s dramatic score performed live by the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra.

The magic continues December 10-26 with the timeless holiday favorite, The Nutcracker. Pink’s visual fantasy comes to life as Clara, Fritz and Marie find themselves awake in their own dream on a breathtaking journey around the world. Elaborate scenery, stunning choreography and beautiful costumes capture the imaginations of young and old. Played live by the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra and sung by the Milwaukee Children’s Choir, Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score elevates the production to a new level. Dancers from the Milwaukee Ballet School and Milwaukee Ballet II highlight the youthful joy of The Nutcracker.

Running February 10-13, 2011 at the intimate Pabst Theater, Genesis, Milwaukee Ballet’s international choreographic competition, helps keep dance alive and evolving for the next generation of dancers and choreographers. Held every other year since 2005, the competition demonstrates Milwaukee Ballet’s continued commitment to generating new and innovative works. While ballets internationally often follow the same model, Milwaukee Ballet is one of few companies in the U.S. hosting a truly international competition. Three finalists from around the world will be challenged to create a dynamic new piece in three weeks, seeking the prize to create an original work for Milwaukee Ballet in 2012. Performances will showcase the dancers’ athleticism and strength with choreography pushing the boundaries of dance from ballet to contemporary, providing audiences with an incomparable experience.

Three, March 31-April 3, 2011, will challenge and showcase the strength of the Company’s versatility in three beautifully crafted works. Diane Coburn Bruning’s Ramblin’ Suite is an adventurous journey set to the music of the Tony Award-winning and internationally acclaimed Red Clay Ramblers. Milwaukee Ballet’s Petr Zahradnícek will stage Broad Waters, which recently premiered at Memphis Ballet. Coming on the heels of his recent success on Broadway in Billy Elliot, Julliard graduate and diverse choreographer Darrell Grand Moultrie returns to Milwaukee with a world premiere.

Coppélia, on stage May 19-22, 2011, is a sentimental comic ballet ready to captivate audiences with its humorous and entertaining scenes. In this popular 19th century ballet, a life-size doll attracts the attention of a local villager so entranced by its beauty that his wife-to-be must impersonate the doll in order to win back his love. Wild chaos erupts, but in the end all is forgiven. This whimsical production performed by the Company and Milwaukee Ballet II features gorgeous costumes, colorful scenery, and Léo Delibes’ classic score performed live by the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra.

All performances of Esmeralda, The Nutcracker, Three and Coppélia will take place at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. Genesis will be performed at The Pabst Theater.

The Ballet offers five flexible ticket packages for subscribers, including the popular Family Package. For more information about becoming a Ballet subscriber, please contact Milwaukee Ballet at (414) 902-2103 or visit www.milwaukeeballet.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 16 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 over 1,000 students at three locations throughout Southeastern Wisconsin.

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Note to Editors: Interviews with the Milwaukee Ballet’s Artistic Director Michael Pink and Executive Director Dennis Buehler are available. High-resolution images are also available upon request.