• Milwaukee Ballet’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is true to sources

    Romeo and Juliet live happily ever after? Fortunately, that’s not how Michael Pink sees it. Pink is artistic director for the Milwaukee Ballet, which opens its 2013–14 season Oct. 31 with his production of “Romeo & Juliet,” Shakespeare’s timeless tale of star-crossed lovers danced to the music of Sergei Prokofiev. The composer’s original version of the ballet, based on a synopsis by Ru.... Read More
  • Joffrey Ballet’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’ takes novel approach

    Take Romeo and Juliet, imagine them traveling in a time machine set for three distinctly different stops in the 20th century, and you’ll have some idea how Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet will bring the star-crossed lovers to the stage next spring. The Joffrey, which first introduced U.S. audiences to Sergei Prokofiev’s now famous ballet during its 1984–85 season, plans to stage the U.S. premiere.... Read More
  • NomadicLIMBS dances into Milwaukee’s summer

    Summer in Milwaukee means few performance opportunities for dancers. The absence of activity perfectly suits out dancer and choreographer Thom Dancy, whose NomadicLIMBS troupe is again filling the void, and the dancers have been busier than ever. Formed in 2012, the troupe this year has grown from six to eight dancers, all friends and colleagues of Dancy who have full-time jobs with other dance tr.... Read More
  • Milwaukee Ballet takes traditional flight plan for ‘Swan Lake’

    When it comes to producing “Swan Lake,” the size of your bevy matters. Companies without a sufficiently large corps de ballet must either reinvent the Tchaikovsky classic to fit their capabilities or risk underplaying one of the world’s most beloved works, says Milwaukee Ballet artistic director Michael Pink. Milwaukee Ballet has produced “Swan Lake” five or six times in its 40-year hist.... Read More
  • Hubbard Dance Chicago teams with LINES to present program in Madison

    Collaboration in the arts often yields surprising results, in the best cases creating a whole greater than the sum of its parts. This season’s collaboration between Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and San Francisco-based LINES Ballet offers a blend of the former’s earthy athleticism with the latter’s ethereal neo-classicism that well proves the thesis. “Azimuth,” a new collaborative work by.... Read More
  • ‘Dracula’ brings new blood to Madison Ballet

    Leave it to the undead to help bring a struggling Madison arts company back to life. Next month, the Madison Ballet will stage the world premiere of “Dracula: A Rock Ballet” at the Capitol Theater in Madison’s Overture Center for the Arts. The two-hour original ballet, danced to a score by Madison composer Michael Massey, is the third of four works in the ballet’s 2012-13 season – a seas.... Read More
  • Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet opens with program focused on the human experience

    Ballet is enjoying renewed public interest and generating enthusiastic audience responses. But has this classical art form retained its relevance amid the dramatically changing social and artistic landscapes of recent decades? Ashley Wheater, artistic director of Chicago’s world-renowned Joffrey Ballet, says emphatically “yes.” In fact, he believes that ballet couldn’t possibly be more rel.... Read More
  • New troupe brings summer dance to Milwaukee

    The city’s newest and perhaps most innovative dance troupe aims to fill the void that perennially affects the dance world during the warmer months. Dancers are generally signed by specific dance companies from September through May, leaving summer open for other pursuits. NomadicLIMBS, conceived by out local dancer Thom Dancy, hopes to fill those pursuits for both dancers and their fans with the.... Read More
  • Dancer inspired by ‘Billy Elliot’

    “Billy Elliot the Musical” has become one of the most highly decorated and beloved musicals to hit the boards in the past decade. Out actor/ dancer Christopher Howard believes that’s because the narrative about a little boy who would rather dance than box has redemptive qualities. “I believe ‘Billy Elliot’s’ greatest message is that the main character realizes he can’t give up, no .... Read More
  • ‘Peter Pan’ makes a return flight with the Milwaukee Ballet

    Dance fans who will never grow up should be delighted by the return of Milwaukee Ballet’s high-flying production of “Peter Pan.” The work, which premiered in 2010, returns to Marcus Center for the Performing Arts for four performances from May 10 to May 13. The ballet was five years in the making, according to artistic director Michael Pink. He created the work with composer Phillip Feeney, .... Read More