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June 3, 2010

New Artistic Collaboration to begin
Mark Clements’ Tenure at The Rep:

Michael Pink to Choreograph
The Rep’s First-Ever Full-Scale Musical


Milwaukee Repertory Theater is thrilled to announce Milwaukee Ballet Artistic Director Michael Pink as the choreographer of CABARET, The Rep’s Quadracci Powerhouse 2010/11 season opener and the first production directed by its new artistic director, Mark Clements. CABARET opens September 14 and runs through October 24.

Michael choreographed Milwaukee Ballet’s world premiere of Peter Pan, the Company’s recent sold-out, smash hit production. This will be the first time these two international artists have worked together and also the first time the artistic directors of The Rep and Milwaukee Ballet have collaborated on a production.

Both Mark and Michael are committed to forging new artistic collaborations with other Milwaukee arts organizations. “I am eager for the opportunity to work with an artist of Michael’s caliber,” Mark said. “He was one of the first people I met when I was appointed Artistic Director this past October. We hit it off immediately and wanted to explore working together. I couldn’t be more delighted to be working with him on my directorial debut at The Rep.”

Michael hopes their work together will inspire more collaboration within the arts community. “Collaborating with Mark on CABARET, an iconic piece of musical theater, and with an organization I’ve always admired and respected, is something special I’m eagerly anticipating,” Michael said. “I’m continuously in awe of the abundance of opportunities available in Milwaukee for arts groups to work together and I hope we can continue to work together in the future.”

Michael Pink - Biography

Michael Pink began his tenure as Artistic Director of Milwaukee Ballet in December 2002. Since that time, 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 is both exciting and challenging. Michael’s dramatic production of Romeo & Juliet took narrative dance drama to a new level of interpretation. His new productions of The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Romeo & Juliet, Giselle 1943, The Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella, have been hailed as “Classical ballet for the 21st century.”

Michael is also 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, Rudlof Nureyev, Leonide 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 repetiteur 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, Swan Lake, Dracula, Giselle 1943, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Romeo & Juliet, The Nutcracker, Solstice, Don’t Touch, Aubade, The Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella, as well as works for theater and television. Michael is actively committed to the promotion and development of all the arts in Milwaukee, and was recognized by the Wisconsin Dance Council, which presented him with a Choreography/Performance Award.

Mark Clements – Biography


With the 2010/11 season, Michael Clements begins his tenure as The Rep’s new Artistic Director. He is a multi-nominated and award-winning international theater director whose work has been seen in more than 100 major theaters throughout Europe and the United States.

His recent productions include: BORN YESTERDAY at Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theatre; LES MISERABLES (2008 Barrymore Award Winner for Best Production of a Musical), Walnut Street Theatre; OF MICE AND MEN (2007 Barrymore Award Winner for Best Director and Best Production of a Play), Walnut Street Theatre; THE MILLINER (Off-Broadway, World Premiere) at Classic Stage Company, New York; MY FAIR LADY in Copenhagen and Danish National Tour; THE THING ABOUT MEN (Off-Broadway Premiere; Winner of the 2004 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical); THE THING ABOUT MEN, Walnut Street Theatre; FOLLOW MY LEADER, Hampstead Theatre/Birmingham Rep UK; LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL, West End, London & UK National Tour; THE GINGERBREAD LADY for Bath Theatre Royal productions and UK National Tour; THE BROWNING VERSION (Winner of Barclays/TMA Regional Theatre Award) at Derby Playhouse; BLUNT SPEAKING (World Premiere) for Chichester Festival Theatre and Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York, both starring Corin Redgrave.

Other productions include: SPEAKING IN TONGUES (U.S. Premiere) with Kevin Anderson and Karen Allen, (SDC’s Joe Calloway Award, Best Director Nomination) for the Roundabout Theatre Company, New York; SPEAKING IN TONGUES (European Premiere; Barclays/TMA Best Director Nomination) for Hampstead Theatre in London; GREAT EXPECTATIONS (and Adaptation), Walnut Street Theatre; Creator and Director of SOUL TRAIN (Laurence Olivier Award Nomination) West End and three UK national tours; THE GLASS MENAGERIE (with Gwen Taylor) and LOVE & MARRIAGE (with Adam Faith), both UK national tours for Bath Theatre Royal productions; THREE VIEWINGS (British Premiere), New End Theatre; THE RIVALS and BLOOD MONEY, Walnut Street Theatre; THE COLLECTOR (World Premiere), Royal Lyceum Edinburgh, UK; TESS OF THE D’URBEVILLES (and Adaptation), Salisbury Playhouse, UK; SHIRLEY VALENTINE AND BOUNCERS, Grand Theatre, Swansea, UK.

Mark was Artistic Director of the highly successful and award-winning Derby Playhouse in the UK from 1992 to 2002. Productions included: RICHARD III, THE LUCKY CHANGE, THE RIVALS, LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES, DEATH OF A SALESMAN, DANNY BOUNCING (British Premiere), BLITHE SPIRIT, AND A NIGHTINGALE SANG, WATCHING THE SAND FROM THE SEA (WORLD PREMIER), LIPS TOGETHER TEETH APART (British Premiere), ASSASSINS, CABARET, A CHORUS LINE, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, GREASE, BLUES IN THE NIGHT, CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD, A CHORUS OF DISAPPROVAL, FAR FROM THE MADDENING CROWD, ON THE PISTE and UP N UNDER.

From 2002 to 2008, Mark served as Associate Artistic Director for Moving Theatre Company, the production company founded by Vanessa and Corin Redgrave. He has also been Associate Director for the New End Theatre, Hampstead, Royal Theatre Northampton, Torch Theatre, Milford Haven and New Players Theatre.

CABARET
, Book by Joe Masteroff; Based on the book Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood; Music by John Kander; Lyrics by Fred Ebb, runs on Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s Quadracci Powerhouse stage from September 14 – October 24. Single tickets will go on sale August 23rd. For more information, please go to milwaukeerep.com or call 414-224-9490.

To learn more about Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s 2010/11 season, please go to milwaukeerep.com. To learn more about Milwaukee Ballet’s 2010/11 season, please go to milwaukeeballet.org.



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