Milwaukee Ballet's Romeo and Juliet to Air
January 25, 2008
Milwaukee Public Television will offer a broadcast of the Milwaukee Ballet's production of Romeo and Juliet Monday, Feb. 11, on MPTV-10 and MPTV-HD at 8 p.m. It will be repeated Sunday, Feb. 17, at 1:30 p.m. on both channels.
The two-hour, 15-minute presentation is considered the signature piece of Michael Pink, the ballet's artistic director. The dance company's retelling of Shakespeare's masterpiece features Renaissance costumes created by Judanna Lynn, a musical score from Prokofiev performed by the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, and fight scenes directed by the Milwaukee Repertory Theater's Lee Ernst.
According to Journal Sentinel dance critic Tom Strini's review of the live performance, "Pink has crafted a dashing, breathless Balcony pas de deux that distills young love out of control--this is a Romeo& Juliet well worth watching."
The MPTV broadcast production was recorded in 2007 during live performances at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. Bill Werner is the producer and director. The Milwaukee Ballet has been performing since 1970 and is ranked among the top ballet companies in the nation.