Peter Pan from the Milwaukee Ballet
Fri. Apr. 18, 8PM
The Milwaukee Ballet performs Michael Pink’s adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s most famous work. This production brings to life Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, Captain Hook, and other notable characters, including a larger-than-life alligator.
Michael Pink’s most recently acclaimed work took five years to create through the collaboration of a renowned production team, resulting in an adventure beyond our wildest dreams. In addition to Pink’s brilliant choreography on stage and in the air, this production includes Judanna Lynn’s illuminating costumes, David Grill’s magical lighting tricks, Philip Feeney’s lively score, and enchanting scenic design by Rick Graham from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Great Performances: Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty
Fri. Apr. 25, 8PM
Choreographer Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty marks the choreographer’s return to the music of Tchaikovsky to complete his acclaimed reinterpretations of the composer’s trio of masterworks that began in 1992 with Nutcracker! and followed in 1995 with Swan Lake. This timeless fairy tale about a princess cursed to sleep for a hundred years was adapted into a ballet by Tchaikovsky and choreographer Marius Petipa in 1890. In a highly theatrical production, Bourne takes this date as his starting point, setting the story at the height of the fin de siècle epoch when fairies, vampires and decadent opulence fed the gothic imagination. As the heroine Aurora matures into a young woman, the period shifts to the confines of the Edwardian era. Decades later, awakening from her century-long slumber, Aurora finds herself in the modern day — a world she finds more mysterious and wonderful than any fairy tale. Bourne’s haunting new scenario is a romance for all ages.