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. Milwaukee Ballet’s own Garrett Glassman, Timothy O’Donnell and Nicole Teague-Howell use this as a blueprint for their reinventions of Stravinsky’s greatest works.
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 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.
Garrett Glassman came to the Company through the celebrated Milwaukee Ballet II Program. He made his choreographed debut in last season’s MXE Milwaukee Mixed. 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 Judges’ Decision and the Audience Choice Award. Since joining Milwaukee Ballet Company, he has premiered six works as resident choreographer.
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.