Tom Strini
Milwaukee Ballet Genesis Competition

Video from the studio

Three Milwaukee Ballet dancers comment on the company's bienniel competition. TCD videographers capture them in the studio as they create new dances.

By - Feb 1st, 2013 02:30 am

Lauren Edson at the Milwaukee Ballet studio. The unicorn is not in her piece; it’s from “The Nutcracker.” TCD photo by Lacy Landre.


Gabrielle Lamb. TCD photo by Lacy Landre.

Every other year, the Milwaukee Ballet stages the Genesis International Choreography Competition. This is the year, and now’s the time.

Choreographers Gabrielle Lamb, James Gregg and Lauren Edson, this year’s finalists, have been with the company since Jan. 14, creating new dances. Each has four men and for women to work with.

The three dances will premiere at the Pabst Theater Feb. 7-10. A panel of judges will declare a winner, and the winner will return to create a second dance for the company’s 2014 series at the Pabst. Cash is also at stake. The audience gets to vote, too, for a special award.

TCD videographers Val Danculovich and Lacy Landre spent an afternoon at the studio as the dancers and choreographers worked together. Jenna Kashou, narrator for the Pfister Hotel and a staffer at 88.9 Radio Milwaukee, interviewed dancers Valerie Harmon, Tim O’Donnell and Rachel Malehorn about the competition and their work with their assigned choreographers.

Kashou will also take on her DJKash persona in order to DJ the Milwaukee Ballet’s Pints Before Pointe party, pre-show Feb. 7 at the InterContinental Hotel, just across the Milwaukee Center rotunda from the Pabst. (Marcus Hotels operates both the Pfister and the InterCon, so it’s all in the family.) Hosted by the Milwaukee Ballet Young Partners.

Pints Before Pointe details:
6 p.m. Doors Open in the Lobby Salon at the Intercontinental Hotel
6:30 p.m. Hear from the Choreographers
7 p.m. Be seated at The Pabst Theater
7:30 p.m. Curtain Time
NEW THIS YEAR: Hors d’ouevres courtesy of InterContinental Hotel

$35 includes ticket to the concert: RSVP to Leslie Rivers at 414 902-2102 or via e-mail,

Lead image on the TCD home page: James Gregg, at the Milwaukee Ballet studio. All photos by Lacy Landre for ThirdCoast Digest.

Leave a Reply

You must be an Urban Milwaukee member to leave a comment. Membership, which includes a host of perks, including an ad-free website, tickets to marquee events like Summerfest, the Wisconsin State Fair and the Florentine Opera, a better photo browser and access to members-only, behind-the-scenes tours, starts at $9/month. Learn more.

Join now and cancel anytime.

If you are an existing member, sign-in to leave a comment.

Have questions? Need to report an error? Contact Us