Milwaukee Ballet Announces 2011-12 Season

~Audience favorites Dracula & Peter Pan return,
along with holiday fantasy and cutting-edge new works~


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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MILWAUKEE – March 10, 2011 – Milwaukee Ballet’s 42nd season is a thrilling adventure of premieres and encores that won’t soon be forgotten. The Company today announced its 2011-12 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. Audiences will see classical ballet at its best, beginning with the provocative and dramatic Dracula, Milwaukee’s favorite holiday tradition The Nutcracker, and the extremely popular Peter Pan. The Ballet will also present Lila York’s energetic and Irish-themed Celts, Alejandro Cerrudo’s Extremely Close, and a world premiere from Mauro de Candia, winner of 2011’s Genesis.

“Milwaukee Ballet’s vision has never been stronger,” said Artistic Director Michael Pink. “As we rise as a true leader in our community and the national dance world, we are committed to our effort to reach new generations of ballet-goers through our performances of timeless classics, innovative new works and family favorites.”

The season begins October 27-30 with the perfect way to celebrate Halloween: Michael Pink’s Dracula. Pink’s most popular work is also the most successful ballet in recent history. Seen by almost a million people, Dracula toured throughout Great Britain, New Zealand and the United States. A breathtaking story of passion, seduction, transformation and sacrifice, the ballet is based on Bram Stoker’s groundbreaking novel and follows the life of the world’s most infamous vampire. The Company’s strength and vitality is highlighted in this monstrous production combining massive, dark and towering scenery; period costumes from Tony Award winner Lez Brotherston; Paul Pyant’s dramatic lighting effects; and Philip Feeney’s chilling 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.

Three cutting-edge choreographers will challenge the dancers’ bodies with three world premieres at the intimate Pabst Theater February 16-19, 2012. Milwaukee Ballet’s Winter Series features an exciting piece from Brock Clawson, praised for his “acrobatic and daring” choreography. Company dancer Petr Zahradnícek presents a playful new work to add to his growing repertoire, and Mauro de Candia, the winner of Genesis, Milwaukee Ballet’s 2011 international choreographic competition, returns to share his evolution over the past year.

The Spring Series, March 29-April 1, 2012, will challenge and showcase the strength of the Company’s versatility in three beautifully crafted works. Lila York’s popular Celts is a personal history of Ireland, blending Irish folk dancing with contemporary and award winning traditional Celtic music from The Chieftains. The Last Glass from Matthew Neenan features selections from Beirut, an indie-rock band reinventing the sounds of Balkan and Eastern Europe. Alejandro Cerrudo’s Extremely Close rounds out the series and features piano solos from Phillip Glass and Dustin O’Halloran.

It’s back! Michael Pink’s critically-acclaimed and extremely popular Peter Pan takes to the stage May 10-13, 2012. Debuting in 2010 to sold-out crowds, Peter Pan took five years to create through the collaboration of a renowned production team, resulting in an adventure beyond audience’s wildest dreams. In this thrilling production based on J.M. Barrie’s story, Peter, Tinkerbell and the Darling children soar to Neverland for escapades with the Lost Boys, Tiger Lily and the infamous Captain Hook. In addition to Pink’s choreography on stage and in the air, this production includes Judanna Lynn’s illuminating costumes, David Grill’s magical lighting tricks, and scenic design by Rick Graham from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The show also features young dancers from Milwaukee Ballet School, and Philip Feeney’s lively score performed by the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra and Milwaukee Children’s Choir.

All performances of Dracula, The Nutcracker, Spring Series and Peter Pan will take place at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. The Winter Series will be performed at The Pabst Theater.

The Ballet offers five flexible ticket packages for subscribers, including the popular Friends and 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 23 professional dancers along with 20 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 1,200 students at three locations throughout Southeastern Wisconsin.

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