We launch our 50th anniversary by bringing Coppélia back to life! This ballet was the Company’s first, full-length production. Full of humor, mystery and romance, this light-hearted performance is perfect for ballet fans of all ages. Live music from Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra.

Marize Fumero. Photo Mark Frohna

Video: Chaviano Creative

"The joy, skill and warmth of the performers, the fullness of the characterizations and the clarity of the storytelling in this laugh-out-loud comic classic created for me a kind of enchantment in this dark time. I was blissfully lost in it."

- Shepherd Express

The history

Coppélia was the Company’s first, full-length production, premiering in Uihlein Hall in 1970. Starring Cynthia Gregory and Ted Kivitt from the American Ballet Theatre in the lead roles, This balletset the course for success. Kivitt became Artistic Director in 1981, contributing to our innovative artistic journey that continues today.

The Story

This classical favorite follows the tale of a dancing doll created by the mysterious inventor Dr. Coppelius. The doll, Coppélia, is so lifelike that a villager named Franz falls in love with it. Swanhilda, who wants Franz for herself, concocts a clever plan to show Franz his folly.

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Artistic Director

Michael Pink is the longest serving artistic director in Milwaukee Ballet’s history. Since arriving in 2002, he has demonstrated his commitment to the future of dance through new work, education, and collaboration. His artistic vision for Milwaukee Ballet continues to excite and challenge.

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Our Dancers

Twenty-three professional dancers make up our Company. Coming from eight countries, these dancers have chosen to bring their unique talents to this city and now call Milwaukee home.

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Community Engagement

Dance is a powerful tool. Our education and outreach programs inspire confidence, creativity, and health throughout the Greater Milwaukee community, reaching more than 30,000 people annually.

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Faculty & Staff

Our instructors and musicians are experienced, engaging and ready to inspire.

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