The universal language of dance ignites a fusion of cultures, sounds and expression in Val Caniparoli’s Lambarena. Bach, ballet, and traditional African Dance and music join forces for a seamless, unique theatrical experience. Join Milwaukee Ballet for its premiere of this internationally celebrated work, which has lit up stages for more than 20 years.
Italy’s Enrico Morelli and the United Kingdom’s George Williamson present a world premiere alongside Lambarena.
Top photo by Jennifer Zmuda | Courtesy of BalletMet
Davit Hovhannisyan and Marize Fumero. Photo Mark Frohna
“an exuberant experiment that set off an audience ovation.”
- The New York Times
Ballet Meets Bach
Caniparoli created Lambarena on San Francisco Ballet in 1995 after being inspired by Pierre Akendengue and Hughes de Courson’s composition “Lambarena,” which blends Bach with traditional African music. During rehearsals, Caniparoli had the dancers learn technique from African Dance and music specialists Dr. Zakarya Diouf and Naomi Diouf. Though an abstract work, Lambarena evokes themes that defy boundaries: community, ceremony, and connection to nature.
Lambarena’s cultural fusion also emerges in its costumes, which draw inspiration from the colors and patterns of traditional African clothing.
Left photo: Marize Fumero. Photo Mark Frohna
New Work Happens Here
Milwaukee Ballet continues its tradition of presenting new work by presenting world premieres by award-winning choreographers Enrico Morelli and George Williamson alongside Lambarena.
UK native George Williamson explores the essence of lifelong relationships in Albatross, set to the music of Ólafur Arnalds, Missy Mazzoli and Edmund Shaw.
Italy’s Enrico Morelli presents Compieta, inspired by memories of his mother. This new work features music from Nicolas Bernier, Ezio Bosso and Dmitri Shostakovich.
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.