William Shatner and Milwaukee Ballet?!

Common People returns to Milwaukee, complemented by Val Caniparoli’s Gustav’s Rooster and a Mark Godden world premiere

MILWAUKEE – April 15, 2009 – Trekkies and Balletomanes unite when the nationally acclaimed Common People returns to Milwaukee for a repeat performance during Milwaukee Ballet’s season finale, Live & Kicking May 14-17 at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.

Common People was choreographed by Margo Sappington and set to the voice of William Shatner and music by Ben Folds. This stunning ballet was created for Milwaukee Ballet in 2007 and the world premiere was captured on film for the documentary William Shatner’s Gonzo Ballet. The film chronicles Sappington’s quest to create the ballet from Shatner’s album, “Has Been.” William Shatner’s Gonzo Ballet premieres April 17 at the Nashville Film Festival.

The second piece in this series is Gustav’s Rooster, an abstract work from choreographer Val Caniparoli that’s set to the music of Swedish rock band Hoven Droven. One of the most sought after American choreographers, Caniparoli is most closely associated with San Francisco Ballet, where he was a dancer and resident choreographer. While his body of work is rooted in classicism, Caniparoli is influenced by all forms of movement, including modern, ethnic and social dancing, and even ice skating.

A world premiere from renowned choreographer Mark Godden rounds out the bill. The inspiration for Godden’s new work is based on a true story about a young woman who lives in the shadows of strong personalities and how far she will go to get the attention she feels she deserves.

Milwaukee Ballet’s Live & Kicking runs May 14-17 at the Marcus Center for the performing arts, 929 N. Water Street, Milwaukee. Milwaukee Ballet provides world-class entertainment at an affordable price with tickets for every performance ranging from $22-$86. To order or for additional information, call (414) 902-2103 or visit www.milwaukeeballet.org. Live & Kicking is generously sponsored by The Stella H. Jones Foundation.

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 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.