Milwaukee Ballet

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The Milwaukee Ballet opens its 2015/16 season Thursday with a performance of the story ballet Dracula. It’s one of artistic director Michael Pink’s signature pieces. S. Levine

Even if you’re not a football fan, you might tune into the Super Bowl for the halftime show. And of the many hundreds of people who make that spectacle happen, David Grill is of the key players.

Grill is a lighting designer. In addition to the most-watched sporting event on the planet, Grill has been a long-time artistic partner of the Milwaukee Ballet’s Michael Pink.

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

There are a number of great classic ballets that almost everyone has heard about: Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake

Giselle is on that list as well. It’s a typical fairytale story: a young peasant girl falls in love with a nobleman pretending to be a peasant and dies of fright when his true identity is revealed. The second act is all about anger and revenge, and ultimately forgiveness.

Milwaukee Ballet

If you’ve ever been to the ballet, you might have noticed the young dancers performing off to the sides of the stage, or filling out a crowd scene - the ones lined up in neat rows behind the prima ballerina. 

Mayara Pineiro, Photo: Jessica Kaminski,

During this dark and cold time of the year, the Milwaukee Ballet traditionally heats up the Marcus Center with its Winter Series – it’s yearly a performance of three new dance works made for the ballet.

Mark Frohna, 2012, Milwaukee Ballet

Many in Milwaukee remember trying to get tickets to sold-out performances of Milwaukee Ballet's adaptation of "Peter Pan" when it made its debut in 2010.