The Milwaukee Ballet Announces its 2007–2008 Season Line-Up

MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee Ballet Artistic Director Michael Pink announces thrilling
premieres and Shakespearian classics for Milwaukee’s leading ballet company in the 2007-2008
season. The season kicks off with the Milwaukee premiere of Stephen Mills’ “Hamlet,” followed
by the holiday family favorite, “The Nutcracker.” February brings Bruce Wells’ “A Midsummer
Night’s Dream,” and the “Milwaukee Ballet at the Pabst” in March features three modern pieces
from guest choreographers. The beloved classic “La Bayadere” along with Anthony Tudor’s
“Offenbach in the Underworld” will cap off an impressive season in May.

HAMLET, November 1-4, 2007: The season begins with Stephen Mills’ “Hamlet,” a
sensational piece that combines classical and contemporary ballet, based on the Shakespearian
drama. The ballet unites humor and tragedy; love and betrayal; and friendship and conspiracy in
one powerful performance. Dressed in Armani-inspired suits and cocktail gowns, the dancers
reveal the story of Hamlet’s troubled romance and the inner tormented thoughts of a man who
vows to avenge the death of his father, which ultimately leads to his demise. The intense
theatrics, metallic surfaces, translucent fabrics and haunting, richly textured music of Philip
Glass make this an unforgettable performance.

THE NUTCRACKER, December 14-29, 2007: The Milwaukee Ballet’s 2007–2008 season
would not be complete without Milwaukee’s favorite holiday tradition, “The Nutcracker.”  Pink,
who is known for his ability to tell stories through movement, will bring exciting new magic to
the Marcus Center stage, transforming it into an extraordinary, fun-filled holiday extravaganza
perfect for audiences of all ages. From the moment audiences hear the first melodies of
Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score played by the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, they are taken to the
Tannenbaum family holiday celebration – a place where delicious food, festive dancing and gift
giving commemorate the special occasion.  In 2007, “The Nutcracker” will be topped off with a
“Nutty Nutcracker” performance the evening of December 29. Watch as characters come to life
in a whole new way and special guests from the Milwaukee community make their dancing
debut in Michael Pink’s “The Nutcracker.”

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, February 21-24, 2008: Bruce Wells’ take on the story
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by Shakespeare, takes center stage in February. “A Midsummer
Night’s Dream” is a humorous tale of two men who compete for the affection of the same
woman, only to be spellbound by the forest fairies. Meanwhile, the fairy queen becomes
enchanted with the leader of a band of entertainers and soon both are subjected to the other
fairies’ devious antics.  Nationally acclaimed, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will entertain
audiences from curtain rise to curtain fall with impeccable timing, accomplished choreography
and dancing both sharp and smooth as silk.

MILWAUKEE BALLET AT THE PABST, April 3-6, 2008: Modern, fresh and all the more
wonderful, Milwaukee Ballet will present this spring series up close and personal in the intimate
Pabst Theater. The company’s mixed-repertory program entitled “Milwaukee Ballet at the Pabst”
will include three world premieres, including one by the winner of the 2007 International
Choreographic Competition. The program also features a new piece created by renowned
choreographer Jessica Lang, as well as a performance choreographed by company member Petr
Zharadnicek who made his choreographic debut with “As Always…” in the 2005 Pabst series.

LA BAYADERE, May 15-18, 2008: The season will close with a triple bill including “The
Kingdom of Shades” from “La Bayadere,” the story of a temple dancer fighting for the love of a
noble warrior. Also on the program, celebrating the centenary of Anthony Tudor’s birth date is
“Offenbach in the Underworld,” a humorous story, set in the 1870s, about the flirtatious
interactions among celebrities who congregate at a fashionable café. The series will end with a
world premiere from Artistic Director Michael Pink.

Full-series subscribers receive a 25 percent discount off the full ticket price. With this discount,
full-series subscriptions range in price from $66 to $258. Full-season subscribers receive
additional benefits including the opportunity to purchase priority seating to “The Nutcracker” at
a 10 percent discount and an invitation to attend Dialogue for Dance, the popular in-studio
lecture series hosted at the Milwaukee Ballet’s headquarters, The Jodi Peck Center, 504 W.
National Ave.

Other subscription purchase options include the Mini-Series. With this option, customers pick
three shows, excluding “The Nutcracker,” and receive a 10 percent discount on the full ticket
price and reserved seats. For those who prefer greater flexibility, the Flex-Pass package at a flat
price of $200 includes four vouchers which can be redeemed at the Milwaukee Ballet box office
after August 27, 2007 for any show and any ticket combination for the 2007–2008 season,
excluding “The Nutcracker” and box seating. Single tickets are available to general public at
prices ranging from $22 to $86 and will go on sale in August 2007.

Founded in 1970, the Milwaukee Ballet Company strives to inspire its audiences to think within
and beyond traditional ballet through the presentation of quality performances and the
implementation of educational opportunities. With an annual operating budget of just under $5
million, the Milwaukee Ballet Company presents more than 40 performances to 70,000 people
each year. For more information about the Milwaukee Ballet or to receive a season brochure, call
(414) 902-2103. Information about the Milwaukee Ballet’s 2007–2008 season may also be
obtained online at