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2011-2012 South Milwaukee Performing Arts Series

Photo by Jenn Mazza

Nancy Einhorn

Milwaukee Ballet II Classical to Contemporary Sunday, October 9, 2011 • 1:30 pm South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center Box Office: 414-766-5049

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The South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center 2011-2012 Season was supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.


The Nancy Einhorn Milwaukee Ballet II Director..........................................................................................................................................Rolando Yanes Associate Director..................................................................................................................... Mireille Favarel Principal Faculty ...................................................................................................................Karl von Rabenau Director of Education................................................................................................................ Alyson Chavez Education Assistant...................................................................................................................... Lori Flanigan Accompanists.......................................................................................... Beth Bacchus & Dan Boudewyns Assistant Stage Manager................................................................................................Douglas McCubbin ASM Intern........................................................................................................................... Vanessa Chumbley Costume Manager..........................................................................................................................Mary Piering Wardrobe Mistress................................................................................................................Mary Belle Potter Wardrobe Assistant.................................................................................................................Krista Allenstein Dresser......................................................................................................................................Wendy Tarachow Boutique............................................................................................................................................Lori Barrieau

Photo by Jenn Mazza Barres, Windows and Ladder.........................................Connor Frain, Bea CastaĂąeda, RĂŠmi Lartigue, Parker Brasser-Vos, Sam Neale Standing:.......................................................................Lauren Treat, Michael Agudelo, Asami Takahashi, Ellis Endsley, Kevin Hamilton, Alaina Keller Benches and Floor:........................................... Mengjun Chen, Nicole Larson, Vanessa Caldas-Vieira, Alexandra Lake, Moka Maihara, Chiharu Yamamoto, Thom Dancy, Emily Reed Not pictured:.............................................................................................................................................. Rie Aoki

Milwaukee Ballet COMPANY Board Director......................................................................................................................................Keith Kolb Artistic Director...............................................................................................................................Michael Pink Executive Director.....................................................................................................................Dennis Buehler Business Manager................................................................................................................................ Sam Bahr Operations Manager.............................................................................................................. Andrew Nielsen Director of Development........................................................................................................... Angela Reilly Marketing Manager...........................................................................................................................Chris Allen Milwaukee Ballet 504 West National Avenue Milwaukee, WI 53204 414/643-7677 www.milwaukeeballet.org 2 South Milwaukee PAC


PROGR AM Thank you for choosing to spend your afternoon with dancers from the Nancy Einhorn Milwaukee Ballet II. This group of young artists, ages 18-23, comes from all over the United States and Australia, Brazil, China, France, Japan and The Philippines. They spend the year living in Milwaukee, polishing their craft and trying on the lifestyle of a professional dancer. In this show you will see the range of their versatility as young artists in original pieces by people they work closely with all season – Director of Milwaukee Ballet II Rolando Yanes, Company Dancer Petr Zahradnícek, Company Ballet Mistress Nadia Thompson, and guest teacher Victor Alexander Ramirez. We have also chosen two classical pieces showcasing ballet’s rich and romantic history, Grand Pas Classique and Pas de Quatre. In their work onstage and throughout the community, Milwaukee Ballet II dancers consistently show people that ballet is alive and well, and it is accessible to newcomers and balletomanes alike. Thank you for hosting us in your community and for your support of the next generation of dancers! Symphony Choreography: Rolando Yanes Music: Sergei Prokofiev Bea Castañeda, Nicole Larson, Emily Reed, Asami Takahashi, Chiharu Yamamoto, Michael Agudelo, Parker Brasser-Vos, Mengjun Chen, Rémi Lartigue, Sam Neale Lakefront Date Choreography: Petr Zahradnícek Music: Johann Sebastian Bach, The Swingle Singers Vanessa Caldas-Vieira, Bea Castañeda, Alaina Keller, Alexandra Lake, Nicole Larson, Moka Maihara, Emily Reed, Asami Takahashi, Michael Agudelo, Parker Brasser-Vos, Connor Frain, Kevin Hamilton Grand Pas Classique This pas de deux (dance for two) premiered on November 12, 1949 at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees in Paris. Choreography: Victor Gsovsky Music: Daniel Francois Esprit Auber Chiharu Yamamoto & Mengjun Chen Tango Apasionado Choreography: Rolando Yanes Music: Astor Piazzolla Pas de Deux: Emily Reed & Rémi Lartigue Vanessa Caldas-Veira, Bea Castañeda, Alaina Keller, Alexandra Lake, Nicole Larson, Asami Takahashi, Lauren Treat, Kevin Hamilton, Thom Dancy, Connor Frain Intermission Pas de Quatre Pas de Quatre was a choreographic feat, bringing together four of the most famous ballerinas of the Romantic Age together in one piece. (A fifth ballerina, Fanny Elssler declined to participate, perhaps shedding a bit more light on the hesitancy to share the spotlight – an attitude that can be seen in the reproduction of the work itself!) The dancers appeared on stage by age, youngest to oldest (Lucille Grahn, Carlotta Grisi, Fanny Cerrito and Marie Lithograph by A. E. Chalon of Carlotta Grisi (left), Marie Taglioni (center), Lucille Grahn (right back), and Fanny Cerrito (right front) in the Perrot/Pugni Pas de Quatre, London, 1845 South Milwaukee PAC 3


PROGR AM (cont) Taglioni) – the only way Perrot could find to fairly introduce the dancers. It caused a media frenzy at its premiere in July, 1845 in London and was only performed four times, the third of which was attended by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Choreography: Jules Perrot Music: Cesare Pugni Lucille Grahn - Emily Reed Carlotta Grisi - Lauren Treat Fanny Cerrito - Moka Maihara Marie Taglioni - Chiharu Yamamoto Half Empty Choreography: Victor Alexander Ramirez Music: Yann Tiersen Michael Agudelo, Parker Brasser-Vos, Mengjun Chen, Thom Dancy, Connor Frain, Kevin Hamilton, Rémi Lartigue, Sam Neale Pause Grande Tarantella Choreography: Nadia Thompson Music: Louis Moreau Gottschalk Rie Aoki, Vanessa Caldas-Vieira, Bea Castañeda, Alaina Keller, Alexandra Lake, Nicole Larson, Moka Maihara, Emily Reed, Asami Takahashi, Michael Agudelo, Parker Brasser-Vos, Mengjun Chen, Thom Dancy, Connor Frain, Kevin Hamilton, Rémi Lartigue, Sam Neale Please stay for a talkback with Milwaukee Ballet II dancers hosted by Milwaukee Ballet Company Artistic Director Michael Pink immediately following the performance.

history Milwaukee Ballet II, established in 1978, nurtures and develops dancers’ technical skills and artistry required for a professional career in dance. The Nancy Einhorn Milwaukee Ballet II curriculum is based on the artistic vision of Milwaukee Ballet and gives dancers the training needed to bridge the gap between student and professional through performing opportunities with the Milwaukee Ballet Company, as well as performances created specifically for Milwaukee Ballet II. These dancers are a vital part of the Department of Education’s mission to reach and educate the community. Their participation in outreach programs through teaching and performing fully enhances their education. Milwaukee Ballet II is meant to offer young dancers a way to become well-rounded citizens, not merely well-trained dancers. With the myriad of opportunities to perform, educate and continue training, dancers learn about many aspects of the professional dance world. The emphasis on personal growth and education is vitally important to the program. Milwaukee Ballet II dancers work with the Director of Education to create and participate in educational workshops for schools and community organizations and with other arts organizations such as the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum and the Milwaukee Public Libraries. Nearly all of the education programs utilize Milwaukee Ballet II dancers so that people see first hand the dancers in action as they learn about the art form of ballet. With the help of Milwaukee Ballet II dancers, the education department has expanded its reach into the community to nearly 30,000 people each year.

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BIOGR APHIES Photo by Jenn Mazza

Rolando Yanes Director of Milwaukee Ballet School & Milwaukee Ballet II is a native of Villa Clara, Cuba. He received training at the Professional School of the Arts and the Vocational School of Ballet in Santa Clara, Cuba. While in Cuba, Mr. Yanes was a principal dancer with Joven Guardias Centro ProDanza under the direction of Lauren Alonso and Ballet de Camaguey. In 1995, he was awarded the Silver Medal at the prestigious International Ballet Competition in Brasilia, Brazil. Mr. Yanes came to the United States in 1996 as a principal dancer with Milwaukee Ballet Company. As a principal dancer with Milwaukee Ballet, Mr. Yanes expanded his diverse classical and contemporary repertoire dancing leading roles in such ballets as Romeo & Juliet, Swan Lake, Coppelia, The Nutcracker and Giselle. His powerful technique and unparalleled partnering skills led to principal roles in La Esmeralda, Spartacus, Troy Game, Who Cares?, Diana and Acteon and Le Corsaire, as well as major

works from leading choreographers like George Balanchine, Choo-San Goh, Robert Joffrey and Kathryn Posin, among others. Mr. Yanes is in great demand as a guest artist. He has performed with numerous companies including performances of La Fille Mal Gardee with Ballet Taller de San Juan (Puerto Rico) and The International Ballet Festivals in Havana, Cuba and Maracaibo, Venezuela. Mr. Yanes has also performed with the Rockford Ballet, Pamiro Opera (Green Bay), the Florentine Opera and on international tours to Brazil, Venezuela, Mexico, Martinique, Guadeloupe and Jamaica. This marks Mr. Yanes’ eleventh year as the Director of Milwaukee Ballet II, the official pre-professional program of Milwaukee Ballet. Since 2004, Mr. Yanes has also been directing Milwaukee Ballet School and Academy. His original choreography has been performed by Milwaukee Ballet School students and Milwaukee Ballet II. He has been a judge in international and national ballet competitions including the American Youth Competition, DATE Competition in Sendai, Japan and the Japan Grand Prix.

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SMPAC STAFF AND BOARD Chad Piechocki..............................................................................................................................Director Rebecca Ohm............................................................Marketing & Communications Coordinator Alex Clark..................................................................................................................... Technical Director

2011-12 SOUTH MILWAUKEE PERFOR MING ARTS COUNCIL Pat DerHovsepian...................................................................................................................... President Karla Harris..........................................................................................................................Vice President Janet Garcia..................................................................................................................................Treasurer Dal Drummer Michelle M. Haslam David Kieck Heidi Lofy

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THANK YOU The South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center thanks M&I, a Part of BMO Financial Group, Jon Poor, and the Wisconsin Arts Board for their support of this performance, as well as Emerald City Catering for being the Official Caterer of the SMPAC. We thank the community for its support and for building this magnificent facility. It is our goal to provide you with quality arts programming that leaves you waiting for more.

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ABOUT THE SOUTH MILWAUKEE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Mission: to enrich the community by providing creative, innovative and diverse performing arts and life-long learning experiences, as well as a professionally managed facility for community and regional organizations. Vision: to be a performing arts center that delivers outstanding and diverse performance events and services to the students, district, community and greater South Shore area. Did you Know? The South Milwaukee Performing Arts Council is the nonprofit board that supports the SMPAC through fundraising efforts and programming decisions. The Council aims to create a diverse base of financial support for the SMPAC. These funds help support the overall operating budget, artists’ fees and production costs of the annual Performing Arts Series. Ticket sales alone account for only 46% of overall operating expenses for the season. Even if we sold-out every show, we still would not be able to cover 100% of our costs - as is the case with most performing arts venues. There are three key aspects of the annual revenue that the Council supports: Annual Campaign, Sponsorships/Grants and the annual Mystery Dinner Theatre Fundraiser. Additional support like this is critical to our ongoing success and future growth as it allows us to help bring in world-class events like Cirque Le Masque, amazing artists like Alpin Hong and once-in-a-lifetime educational opportunities for our students. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Chad Piechocki, Director of the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center at cpiechocki@sdsm.k12.wi.us or at 414-766-5048. Thank you for your support of the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center! Enjoy the show!

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2010-2011 ANNUAL CAMPAIGN DONORS (patrons donated between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011) Visionary • $1,000 & Up Anonymous In Memory of Joseph F. Balestrieri Tom & Geri Bitters John & Nancy Lange Shirley Pritzlaff Connie U’Ren Jacky U’Ren Stan & Trisha Urbaniak In the Spotlight • $500 - $999 Jack & Pat DerHovsepian Thomas & Anne Frederick Thomas & Janet Garcia In Memory of Eunice Hahn Mr. Wesley Hellen James & Jill Recely Bob & Bunny Scudder Rachel M. Sorce Center Stage • $250 - $499 Anonymous (2) Bassett Air Quality, Inc. Ray & Barbara Buckley Dave & Debbie Kieck Heidi Lofy The Windhover Foundation* Wisconsin Energy Foundation* In the Wings • $100 - $249 Anonymous (3) Sharon Brown Marc & Mary Gear

Sylvia Gear Matt & Carole Glaske Chester & Lorraine Grobschmidt Virginia D. Grossman The Harley-Davidson Foundation, Inc.* John E. Haslam Alice Hatzenbeller Marvin & Sharon Hipp William Honrath & Elizabeth Blackwood Rosemary Hurst Mr. & Mrs. John J. Jaeger, Jr. Patrice Kitzke Wessel Elacqua Lee & Bonita Kraus Gil & Laurie Llanas Richard & Kay Lussier Ed & Barb Magnuson Fritz & Connie Mahsem Bradford & Peggy McKendry Mary & Tom Meszaros Ken & Mary Neitzel Bob & Cathy Oliphant Revs. Thomas & Deborah Payden Erin Petrzelka & Mike Napier Chad & Rebecca Piechocki In Memory of Cecelia Pomahac Steren McDonald’s Restaurants Sunrise Clothiers Carla Uphill Robert Vajagich & Rebecca Wheeler Wende Warren

Mary Ann Wilkes Ralph P. Windler Joseph & Dorothy Wolf Ernest & Katherine Wunsch Joan & Arjuna Yelanjian Advocate • $50 - $99 Don & Betty Almon Anonymous (3) Janet L. Behling Ken & Gerda Bourgeois Don & “JB” Bulley Margaret A. Champagne Evelyn “Irish” Dean Dalibor Drummer A.J. Guse Jim & Joan Guttmann Dorothy Hall In Honor of Jane & Wes Hellen’s 60th Wedding Anniversary Mr. & Mrs. Keith Kimber Jerry & Judy Kromraj Donna Larkin Bruce & Rosemary Larkin Sharon London Jerelyn H. Parmelee Chris & Marilyn Rosland David & Leslie Sadowski Supporter of SMPAC (2) Peter & Barbara Terranova Richard G. Thinnes Jim Toth & Karen Johnson Beth Waschow David Willms

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SOUTH MILWAUKEE PERFOR MING ARTS CENTER POLICIES At the request of the artists, the taking of photographs or the use of recording devices during the performance is strictly prohibited. All sales for the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Series are final. Refunds will be given only when an event is cancelled and not rescheduled. South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center reserves the right to substitute comparable attractions or to change the dates of programs when compelled to do so by circumstances beyond our control. No refunds will be made in such cases. Performances are subject to change without notice. If you are unable to attend a performance, the donation of your ticket(s) to South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center would be appreciated to enable resale. This is particularly appreciated for sold out events, when waiting patrons could fill vacant seats. Your contribution will be acknowledged for tax deduction purposes. Latecomer Policy: Performances start promptly at the time stated on your ticket. If you arrive late and the performance has already begun, SMPAC ushers will seat you where it will be least disruptive to the audience and performers. You may take your reserved seats after intermission if there is one. Services for patrons with disabilities: South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center is accessible to persons with disabilities. Please notify the Box Office when you are purchasing tickets if special arrangements are required. Handicap Accessible seating is available. The theatre allows for nine seats to be removed for persons remaining in their wheelchairs, as well as eight seats with arm rest removed for those transferring from a wheelchair or walker to a theatre seat. Seeing Eye Dogs are allowed in the theatre. Assisted Listening Devices are available for patrons who are Hard of Hearing. Largeprint programs are available upon request. Audio Description and American Sign Language Interpreted performances are also available upon request and where applicable. At least two weeks notice is required to provide these services. If you have questions please call 414-766-5049. Cell phones/electronic devices: Out of respect for the artists and fellow audience members, please turn off all electronic devices before the performances. These devices cause interference with our wireless microphones. If you need to use these devices, please exit the theatre before doing so. Bad weather policy: South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center does not cancel or reschedule performances due to inclement weather, nor can we offer refunds. Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the grounds of the School District of South Milwaukee. Box Office hours are 10-4 pm, Monday-Friday, and one hour prior to performances. The Box Office phone number is 414-766-5049. Group Seating: If you would like to sit with friends, please submit your ticket orders together. South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center 901 15th Avenue South Milwaukee, WI 53172 414-766-5049 www.southmilwaukeepac.org South Milwaukee PAC 11


2011-2012 PERFOR MING ARTS SERIES Mark your calendars for these other exciting events in the 2011-2012 South Milwaukee Performing Arts Series. George Watsky Monday, October 17, 2011 7:30 pm George Watsky is a young artist with an uncommon resume. Widely considered the best young performance poet in the country, he is equally comfortable in funny, political or personal work. Watsky was the Brave New Voices International Poetry Slam Champion, is a veteran of HBO Def Poetry Jam and recipient of Robert Redford’s Sundance Summit award for his poetry on climate change. He has shared the stage with Mos Def, Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal and even Bill Clinton. Tomáŝ Kubínek: Certified Lunatic and Master of the Impossible Saturday, November 19, 2011 7:30 pm One of the most gifted physical comedians in the world, Tomáŝ Kubínek’s (toh-mawsh koobee-neck) deep rooted humor and ability to connect with audiences has provoked consistent returns on multiple continents. His internationally acclaimed solo performances play to packed theaters around the world. His exuberant one-man show is equal parts comic brilliance, virtuosic vaudeville and irresistible charm – a must see for everyone! John Gurda: A Region Built on Water - Milwaukee’s Use and Abuse of a Vital Resource Saturday, January 7, 2012 7:30 pm Lake Michigan and the rivers that feed it have been Milwaukee’s dominant natural resources since the days of the Potawatomi. Join historian John Gurda for a lively look at the lake and its adjacent watersheds: how they served the community as transportation routes, recreational resources and industrial corridors, and how they have weathered a cycle of heavy use and flagrant abuse to emerge as focal points of both celebration and concern in the twenty-first century. Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana: La Pasión Flamenca Saturday, February 4, 2012 7:30 pm Spice up your winter with a night of Spanish dance and music with Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana. This fierce and eclectic evening features lamenting solos, sizzling duets and festive company dances. Whether these amazing artists are conveying love or sorrow, happiness or anger, the emotions will speak to everyone and transcend all cultural boundaries. Don’t miss this night of passion-in-motion. Florentine Opera Studio: America’s Songbook Friday, March 23, 2012 7:30 pm Musical highlights of American opera’s brief yet colorful evolution are presented in this delightful showcase. It includes everything from the stirrings of American opera in the 1930s with Virgil Thomson and George Gershwin to expanded works of Gian Carlo Menotti, Douglas Moore, Carlisle Floyd and Leonard Bernstein all the way to the more recent music of Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Mark Adamo and William Bolcom. The evening’s emcee will be William Florescu, the general director of The Florentine Opera Company. STUDENTS’ CHOICE The Improvised Shakespeare Company Friday, April 27, 2012 7:30 pm Based on one audience suggestion The Improvised Shakespeare Company creates a fully improvised play in Elizabethan style. Each of the players has brushed up on his “thee’s” and “thou’s” to bring you an evening of off-the-cuff comedy using the language and themes of William Shakespeare. Any hour could be filled with power struggles, star-crossed lovers, swordplay, rhyming couplets and all that we’ve come to expect from the pen of the Great Bard. PEOPLE’S CHOICE Ruthie Foster Friday, May 11, 2012 7:30 pm Through her albums and gigs that have taken her from choir lofts to folk bistros and onto stage in Europe and Australia, Foster has raised the multiple flags of American music. There’s Southern blues in her groove, rock in her rhythm, a blend of gospel redemption, country poetry and jazz elegance in her singing. “It didn’t matter to me what genre it was,” she remembers. “I just took it all in as great music – music that moved me.” 12 South Milwaukee PAC


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