Meet Choreographer Michael Pink
Michael Pink is the longest serving artistic director at Milwaukee Ballet. Since joining the Company in December of 2002, he has established himself as a prominent member of the Milwaukee arts community, demonstrating his commitment to the future of dance through new work, education and collaboration. He continues to build a strong working relationship with Milwaukee Repertory Theater, where his collaborations include A Christmas Carol, Assassins, Cabaret and Next to Normal. His artistic vision for Milwaukee Ballet continues to be exciting and challenging. His long awaited production of Peter Pan signified a major landmark in the Company’s history and was filmed by Milwaukee Public Television during its recent performances. Mr. Pink’s theatrical productions of Dracula, Esmeralda, Swan Lake, Giselle 1943, The Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Romeo & Juliet have been hailed as ‘Classical Ballet for the 21st Century’.
Michael Pink is an international choreographer and teacher. He trained as a classical dancer at the Royal Ballet, joining English National Ballet in 1975. During his 10 years with the Company, he danced many leading roles, most notably his partnership with Natalia Makarova in John Cranko’s Onegin. From 1986 to 1998 he worked alongside Christopher Gable as founding director of Ballet Central and associate artistic director of the Northern Ballet Theatre. Throughout his career he has worked with such luminaries as Dame Ninette de Valois, Sir Frederick Ashton, Rudolf Nureyev, Léonide Massine, Nicholas Beriosoff and Glen Tetley. His early choreographic work won him first place in the Ursula Moreton Choreographic Competition and the Royal Society of Arts Competition. He has worked as répétiteur for Rudolf Nureyev at the Paris Opera and La Scala Milan. His first professional work, 1914, was nominated for a West End Theatre Award. A long standing friendship with composer Philip Feeney has produced over 20 original works. His other works include Don Quixote, Strange Meeting, Esmeralda, Solstice, Don’t Touch, Aubade, as well as works for theatre and television. In 2008 Mr. Pink was recognized by the Wisconsin Dance Council with the Choreography/Performance Award.