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"Michael Pink's World Premiere Mirror, Mirror conjures a spell that leaves the audience speechless except for the applause of a standing ovation in Uhlien Hall at Milwaukee's Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. In collaboration with the Milwaukee Ballet Company, Andrews Sill and the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, Composer Philip Fenney, Lighting Designer David Grill and Costume and Scenic Designer Todd Edward Ivins, Pink's masterpiece production on the Thursday night opening of the fairy tale Snow White presented a majestic full-length theatrical ballet for Milwaukee audiences."
Peggy Sue Dunigan, Broadway World
"His imaginative, at times mind-blowing retelling of Dorian Gray reminds us that a centuries-old art form - codified by a frivolous and despotic elite, many of whom met their fate at the guillotine - remains a potent language in which to tell modern stories, communicate timeless truths, and challenge stale thinking. The stringent demands placed on the ballet body, the ascetic practice required to chisel that body, make it singularly suited to telling a tale that brims with fleshly pleasures and pain, that is obsessed with youthfulness and evocative of fluid gender identities."
Carla Escoda, HUFFPOST
"But never mind the several centuries of ballet tradition, Michael Pink and the Milwaukee Ballet company made a compelling case for a place in the canon with a sinfully charming and enjoyable version of J.M. Barrie’s classic story."
WUWM 89.7 FM
"I first interviewed Milwaukee Ballet artistic director Michael Pink in 2014, and he said, “If we can get you through the doors, we can a have lasting impact.” Pink has kept that promise so far, continuing to bring original ballets of the highest caliber to his city. Through Sunday at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, Milwaukee Ballet’s season opener La Boheme is no exception, and well worth the trip 90 miles north of Chicago."
Lauren Warnecke, Chicago Tribune
"Pink’s own choreography is taut and compelling, echoing the minimalist vocabulary of the original (Giselle). His theatrical framing of it all vividly paints the appalling inhumanity of the time, as well as the qualities of vengeance and mercy."
Carla Escoda, backtrack
"This complex, radiant Giselle production foreshadows the upcoming May ballet, a full length romantic Cinderella. And also recently revealed, the Milwaukee Ballet's 2015-2016 season highlights Pink's extravagant excellence for storytelling with October's Dracula, December's The Nutcracker, his adaptation of Oscar Wilde's Dorian Gray in February and new works by contemporary choreographers under March's selection titled Kaleidoscope Eyes. In a grand finale, The Washington Ballet's imaginative Alice (In Wonderland) caps the season for this world class company and their innovative artistic director."
Peggy Sue Dunigan, Broadway World
"The same artistic duo that created the sold-out Dracula ballet in fall 2017 — choreographer Michael Pink and composer Philip Feeney — have generated yet another mesmerizing show. Feeney’s orchestral music is rich and melodic, while Pink’s individual, duo and group choreography is multifaceted. Colorado Ballet’s Peter Pan leaves audiences gracefully soaring into the night, where abounding dreamlands await."
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Michael Pink is the longest serving artistic director in Milwaukee Ballet history. 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.
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 broadcast nationally by PBS in spring of 2014. His production of Romeo and Juliet has also been broadcast by MPBS. In 2008, the Wisconsin Dance Council presented Pink with the Choreography/Performance Award. In 2014, the Milwaukee Press Club honored him with the Headliner Award for service to the arts. He received the Civic Music Association's award for Distinguished Citizen - Professional in the Arts in 2015.
Michael Pink is an international choreographer, his theatrical productions of Dracula, Esmeralda, Swan Lake, Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Romeo & Juliet, La Bohème, Don Quixote, Mirror Mirror, Dorian Gray and Beauty and the Beast have been hailed as 'Classical Ballet for the 21st Century'. His first professional work, 1914 was nominated for a West End Theatre Award, London.
His early choreographic work won him first place in the Fredrick Ashton and the Royal Society of Arts Choreographic Competitions. He has worked as répétiteur for Rudolf Nureyev at the Paris Opera and La Scala Milan. He trained as a classical dancer at The Royal Ballet School and danced with English National Ballet 1975 to 1985. Michael was the founding director of Ballet Central in London; he also served as Associate Artistic Director of Northern Ballet Theatre.