Come for the Brats, Stay for the Ballet

Michael Pink is the artistic director of Milwaukee Ballet and an international choreographer.

Of course, countless craft brews and artisan cheeses will lure you to the fine state of Wisconsin, but you would be doing yourself a great disservice if you left without feeding your arts appetite here as well.

As the artistic director of Milwaukee Ballet, I could not be more proud of our arts community. The support I have received in my ten years with Milwaukee Ballet has been seemingly boundless.

One of my favorite things to do as an artist is to create new works, and this undertaking is no small feat for a dance company because of the significant investment required. I have developed 14 new works in my time in Milwaukee, and I could not have done it without local loyalty and patronage.

The depth and breadth of performing arts offerings in Milwaukee may surprise you: the nationally acclaimed Milwaukee Ballet, opera companies, a world-class symphony, a youth symphony, choral groups, an array of professional theater companies, and a variety of venues to showcase them all. I have relished my collaborations with Milwaukee artists, ranging from the young talent of First Stage and Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra with “Peter and the Wolf” to the seasoned performers of Milwaukee Repertory Theater on “Cabaret,” “Next to Normal” and “Assassins.”

It is true: the people of Wisconsin are passionate about the Packers. But their love of the arts is real and remarkable as well. I make Milwaukee my home largely because of its vibrant arts scene.

When I do leave home for work or for play, I seek out the arts as part of my travel experience. I would be hard-pressed to find a better way to soak up local color and culture.

Allow me to give you a glimpse into a typical arts season in Milwaukee by sharing just a few highlights of the coming year.

Skylight Music Theater launches its season with a Bollywood treatment of “Fidelio,” Sept. 20–Oct. 6, 2013. The Florentine Opera Company opens with “La Traviata,” Nov. 8–10, 2013. The Marcus Center for the Performing Arts welcomes “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas,” Nov. 26–Dec. 1, 2013 and “Evita,” Feb. 4–9, 2014. Milwaukee Repertory Theater presents “Noises Off,” Nov. 19–22 and “An Iliad,” a contemporary retelling of the Homer classic, Feb. 5–March 23, 2014.

When it comes to Milwaukee Ballet, I personally invite you to visit us next season. There is something for everyone!

  • “Romeo & Juliet,” Oct. 31 – Nov. 3, 2013
    • The Timeless Tale of Impossible Love
  • “The Nutcracker,” Dec. 14 – 27, 2013
    • Milwaukee’s Magical Holiday Tradition
  • “Winter Series,” Feb. 13 – 16, 2014
    • Pushing the Boundaries of Ballet“Spring Series,” April 3 – 6, 2014
  • “Spring Series,” April 3 – 6, 2014
    • Unseen Works, Unknown Possibilities
  • “Mirror, Mirror,” May 15-18, 2014
    • A unique take on the Snow White story

The longest-serving artistic director in Milwaukee Ballet history, Michael Pink has established himself as a prominent member of the Milwaukee arts community with his commitment to the future of dance through new work, education and collaboration. An international choreographer and teacher, Pink trained as a classical dancer at the Royal Ballet, joining English National Ballet in 1975. He has worked with luminaries such as Dame Ninette de Valois, Sir Frederick Ashton, Rudolf Nureyev and Glen Tetley.

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