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Michael Pink’s Heartbreakingly Beautiful Giselle Returns

Pink’s emotionally-charged interpretation modernizes cherished ballet classic, March 26-29

By - Mar 10th, 2015 10:40 am

MILWAUKEE – March 10, 2015 – Milwaukee Ballet continues its Season of Classics with Artistic Director Michael Pink and the late Christopher Gable’s interpretation of the beloved ballet Giselle, showing March 26-29 at the Marcus Center. Master storyteller, Pink, transports the famous love story to a more modern time, combining the classical choreography of the original version with contemporary movement to tell the story of love, betrayal, revenge and forgiveness.

“I’ve moved the ballet forward one hundred years to heighten the audience’s emotional connection to the piece; it’s a classical story for a contemporary world,” said Pink. “The themes are as timely and powerful as ever: love, betrayal, revenge and forgiveness.”

The emotion of the performance will be enhanced by live accompaniment from the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra. Fresh from another Emmy-nomination for his work on the Super Bowl Halftime Show, lighting director David Grill (Mirror Mirror, Peter Pan) returns to illuminate Pink’s ballet.

Giselle is one of the ‘must sees’ of classical ballet’s legendary love stories, alongside masterworks such as Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty.

Giselle runs March 26-29, 2015 at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 N. Water Street, Milwaukee. Tickets to the performance range from $34-$103. To order call (414) 902-2103 or visit

Giselle is presented by Stanley Kritzik in honor of his wife, Shirley Kritzik. Giselle is sponsored by vonBriesen & Roper.

About Milwaukee Ballet

  • Milwaukee Ballet celebrates 45 years of dance this year and its 2014/15 season is generously presented by Donna and Donald Baumgartner.
  • Founded in 1970, Milwaukee Ballet inspires its audiences to think within and beyond traditional ballet. Its current Artistic Director, Michael Pink, is the longest serving Artistic Director in Milwaukee Ballet’s history and he’s in his 12th year of tenure.
  • Milwaukee Ballet is recognized among the top companies in the nation. Its three-fold focus on Dance, Education and Outreach ensures it continues to make a significant impact in the Milwaukee community.
  • With an annual operating budget of more than $6 million, Milwaukee Ballet presents more than 30 performances to more than 40,000 people each year.
  • Its resident company includes 23 professional dancers along with 21 trainees in the Nancy Einhorn Milwaukee Ballet II Program. Milwaukee Ballet is one of the few dance companies in the country to maintain its own orchestra.
  • Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy, the official school of the Company, has an enrollment of more than 600 students at three locations in Milwaukee, and is the only professional dance school in the Midwest accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance.
  • Milwaukee Ballet’s Community Outreach programs are offered year-round through hands-on workshops, original children’s productions and a student matinee series serving over 30,000 people each year.

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