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Milwaukee Ballet returns to pirouette at OAC

Director, Michael Pink, presents 'Beyond Boundaries'

The Milwaukee Ballet Company will make another rare visit outside of its downtown home, returning to the Oconomowoc Arts Center main stage with a mixed repertory program featuring the best of the ballet's classical and contemporary repertoire. Celebrating artistic director

Michael Pink's 10th anniversary season, audiences can expect to see a world-class company that has grown under Pink's visionary leadership.

Pink, the internationally acclaimed classical dancer, choreographer and teacher has worked tirelessly in his commitment to the future of dance through new works, education and community outreach.

"Milwaukee Ballet is the only professional ballet company in Wisconsin, and we know there are so many who live outside of the Milwaukee community who can't make it into the city to see our performances. We needed to develop a program where we could pack up our company and travel to them," explained Pink.

This is the second year that Pink is fulfilling his goal of taking the ballet's magic on the road and he believes the OAC is a perfect venue.

"We are delighted to return to Oconomowoc. The OAC is a fabulous facility and offers such a great space," said Pink. "The company was received so well last year, we were encouraged to return with something new."

For more than 40 years, Milwaukee Ballet has been revered for its ability to express powerful emotions and storytelling by weaving together the intricate dynamics of dance, music and theater. Its resident company includes 25 professional dancers along with 18 trainees in its Nancy Einhorn Milwaukee Ballet II program.

Milwaukee Ballet Company's internationally acclaimed artistic director, Pink, promises to push the boundaries of dance and theater through a thrilling combination of athleticism, classical ballet and contemporary dance in this once-in-a-lifetime performance, Beyond Boundaries. As a special treat, the winner of Genesis: International Choreographic Competition will present an encore of their piece.

Special VIP Package

For the first time, a special VIP Package will be available. The package includes premium seating, a ticket to the post-show reception, meet and greet with the company dancers and a Milwaukee Ballet T-shirt. Cost: $38 adults, $34 seniors and college student and $20 students. Package can only be purchased through the box office in person or by phone.

OAC Community

Partner Initiative

In 2013, the Oconomowoc Arts Center will continue its Community Partner Initiative Program and partner with local nonprofit and service organizations as a way to give back to the community. From every ticket sold, $2 will be donated to the organization designated for that

particular show. For the Milwaukee Ballet, Shorehaven is the featured nonprofit.

Tickets

Milwaukee Ballet's performance of Beyond Boundaries is at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16. Reserved regular seat tickets are $28 adults, $24 seniors and college students and $8 students. VIP Package tickets are $38 adults, $34 seniors and college students and $20 students.

Service fees apply to online, telephone orders, and day of show walk-ups. The OAC is at 641 E. Forest St., and is part of the Oconomowoc High School campus. To purchase tickets, call the OAC Box Office at (262) 560-3172 or visit the website at www.theoac.net.

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