Milwaukee Ballet Kicks off Season with Michael Pink’s 'Esmeralda'

Dramatic ballet will captivate audiences at the Marcus Center October 28-31

MILWAUKEE – October 4, 2010 – Milwaukee Ballet begins its 2010-11 season with an emotionally-charged ballet about a beautiful young gypsy, Esmeralda, showing at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts October 28–31, 2010. Dancers from Milwaukee Ballet II join the Company in this thrilling show, which is accompanied by Philip Feeney’s (Peter Pan) dramatic score performed live by the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra.

This dramatic and eye-catching production was inspired by Victor Hugo’s classic novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The story follows Esmeralda, an alluring gypsy, who tragically finds herself trapped between the church, government and common people in 15th century Paris. Esmeralda’s serious plot line and the intensity portrayed in each scene are sure to keep audience’s eyes glued to the stage throughout this remarkable production.

Milwaukee Ballet last performed The Hunchback of Notre Dame in 2004. Six years later, Artistic Director Michael Pink has revisited the show adding new twists, choreography and lighting, while staying true to Hugo’s original story. This suspenseful and highly-theatrical production features period costumes and scenery design by Tony Award winner Lez Brotherston, and a dynamic new lighting design from Emmy Award winner David Grill (Peter Pan, Cinderella).

“Forget Disney,” said Pink. “This is the story that Hugo wrote, and this is the story that packs the punch. Esmeralda grabs your attention, grabs your emotions and puts you through the spin drier.”

Two of Milwaukee Ballet’s leading artists, Julianne Kepley and Luz San Miguel, will play the role of Esmeralda. Kepley recently joined the Company as a leading artist in May 2010. She received her training at the Atlanta School Ballet, School of American Ballet in New York and Boston Ballet. Milwaukee audiences may fondly recall her performance as Juliet in the Ballet’s 2007 production of Romeo & Juliet. Luz San Miguel received her training at Carmina Ocana Ballet School, and on a scholarship at the Municipal Institute of Ballet in Antwerp, Belgium. Prior to joining Milwaukee Ballet, she has danced with BalletMet, Charleston Ballet Theater, Tulsa Ballet, Dresdner Ballet and Leipziger Ballet in Germany.

Esmeralda runs October 28-31, 2010 at the Marcus Center for Performing Arts, 929 N. Water Street, Milwaukee. Tickets to the performance range from $25-$89. To order or for additional information, call (414) 902-2103 or visit Esmeralda is sponsored by Assurant Health and R.W. Baird & Co.

Please note: This ballet is best enjoyed by those 10-years old and up.

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About 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.