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. Our own Garrett Glassman, Timothy O’Donnell and Nicole Teague-Howell use this as a blueprint for their reinventions of celebrated works from the infamous dance company.
Costume Sketch of The Firebird
George Balanchine with Company
Frustrated by the conservative state of art in Russia, Sergei Diaghilev sought out to create new work created by the era’s most promising young artists. This vision fostered collaborations between composers including Igor Stravinsky, Claude Debussy and Sergei Prokofiev, artists such as Vasily Kandinsky, Alexandre Benois, Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, and fashion designers Léon Bakst and Coco Chanel.
Australian Timothy O’Donnell presented his first work in Milwaukee during the Genesis competition in 2009, where he won both the Judges’ Decision and the Audience Choice Award. Since joining our Company, he has premiered six works as resident choreographer. Garrett Glassman came to the Company through the celebrated Milwaukee Ballet II Program. He made his choreographic debut in last season’s MXE Milwaukee Mixed. After years dancing as a leading artist, Nicole Teague-Howell collaborated with local musician LUXI to create her first piece, Pull, which also premiered in MXE Milwaukee Mixed in February 2018.
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.