In the 1900s, Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes brought innovative choreographers, designers and artists of the time together to create new work that changed the future of ballet. Timothy O’Donnell, Nicole Teague-Howell and Petr Zahradnícek use this as a blueprint for their reinventions of The Rite of Spring, The Firebird and Petrushka.
Costume Sketch of The Firebird
George Balanchine with Company
Frustrated by the conservative state of art in Russia, Sergie Diaghilev sought out to create new work created by the era’s most promising young artists. This vision fostered collaborations between composers such as Igor Stravinsky, Claude Debussy, and Sergei Prokofiev, artists such as Vasily Kandinsky, Alexandre Benois, Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, and costume designers Léon Bakst and Coco Chanel. Ballet Russes toured Europe and both North and South America from 1909 to 1929.
After several years dancing as a leading artist, Nicole Teague-Howell collaborated with local musician LUXI to create her first piece, Pull, which premiered in MXE Milwaukee Mixed in February 2018. Timothy O’Donnell made his Milwaukee debut in the Genesis 2009, where he won both the competition and the Audience Choice Award. Since joining Milwaukee Ballet Company, he has premiered six works as resident choreographer. Petr Zahradnícek was a longtime dancer with Milwaukee Ballet, and continues his relationship with Company, Milwaukee Ballet II and its School & Academy.
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Michael Pink is the longest serving artistic director in Milwaukee Ballet’s history. Since arriving in 2002, he has demonstrated his commitment to the future of dance through new work, education, and collaboration. His artistic vision for Milwaukee Ballet continues to excite and challenge.