Milwaukee Ballet, Michael Pink Reach Long-Term Agreement

~Artistic Director renews contract for additional five years~

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Milwaukee Ballet Board of Directors
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MILWAUKEE – December 3, 2010 – Milwaukee Ballet Company today announced it has reached an agreement with Michael Pink, its Artistic Director, to serve in his position for an additional five years. The new contract extends through the 2015-16 season.

Pink has served in this position since late 2002. His artistic vision and leadership have made Milwaukee Ballet, its School, and its pre-professional Milwaukee Ballet II program into a highly respected and nationally recognized organization. His numerous original productions for Milwaukee Ballet have developed a unique artistic identity for the company. Pink is also recognized for his collaborations with the Milwaukee Art Museum, First Stage Children’s Theater, the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, and most recently, with Milwaukee Repertory Theater on Cabaret.

“Michael Pink is renowned internationally for his original choreography and his work as an artistic director,” said Emmett Wright, Ballet Board Chair. “To enlist his talents and experiences to a long term commitment speaks to both the success of Milwaukee Ballet today as well as its future potential.”

Wright said that Pink's agreement provides the Ballet with stability and momentum in a time when performing arts groups are wrestling with the effects of a down economy. “Michael's commitment sends a strong message to the community at large, as well as the patrons and supporters of our company, especially as we develop the Harmony Initiative.”

“Milwaukee is a special place for me and for my family,” Pink said. “Certainly the Company provides me with opportunities to create and produce world class performances, as well as help build a sustainable future for the organization. But just as important, this community has proved to be a welcoming and wonderful place for my wife and our children. Milwaukee has such a vibrant arts community of which I am honored to be apart. As we all know, Milwaukee has a great story to tell.”

Pink trained as a classical dancer at the Royal Ballet, joining the English National Ballet in 1975, where he danced for 10 years. Prior to joining Milwaukee Ballet, he was associate artistic director of the United Kingdom’s Northern Ballet Theatre for eight years.

“Michael is an important ambassador for the performing arts here in Milwaukee,” Wright said. “The Ballet Board is pleased to reach an agreement with him to showcase and leverage his talents for years to come.”

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.

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Note to Editors: Interviews with Milwaukee Ballet’s Artistic Director Michael Pink are available upon request.