Milwaukee Ballet returns to the historic Pabst Theater for the first production since 2020, with a powerful and energetic triple-bill featuring works by three talented choreographers.

Timothy O’Donnell presents a world premiere, his seventh on Milwaukee Ballet, and his final new work as Resident Choreographer. Set to the music of Radiohead, The Kids Have Names, is a comedic yet poignant and personal exploration. Set in a non-specific high school in the 1990’s, the dancers portray unique characters, each with their own story about the difficulties teenagers face as they navigate through life.

Milwaukee Ballet Company. Photo Mark Frohna.

Milwaukee Ballet Company. Photo Mark Frohna

Winner of the 2022 Genesis Choreographic Competition with his thought-provoking Aftermath, Price Suddarth presents Strangeland as an abstract work that interrogates what happens in our psyche after we take risks. Designed to be emotionally and athletically powerful, Suddarth and composer Alfonso Peduto take the audience on a powerful, transformative journey through dance.

Internationally celebrated choreographer Nelly van Bommel revisits Gelem, Gelem, which Milwaukee Ballet premiered as part of its 2008 Pabst Theater Series. The piece delivers a potent combination of strength, tenderness, and interpersonal community connection. Van Bommel draws inspiration from the Roma people and sets the work to traditional, high-energy music that will have the audience dancing and clapping along in their seats.

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