Dance

1. Alverno Presents has formed a fruitful partnership with choreographer Molly Shanahan and her Mad Shak dance company. The group has been in residence at the school, and Shanahan has performed at the college with her company in 2009 and as a soloist in 2012. This year, Mad Shak is back with The Delicate Hour. To judge from Shanahan’s past work, it will be a fragile, beautiful thing. Oct. 24-25. Mitchell Hall.  2. Don’t be fooled by the iconic titles in the Milwaukee Ballet’s upcoming season. Many of these classics have been re-imagined by MB artistic director Michael Pink. Don…

1. Alverno Presents has formed a fruitful partnership with choreographer Molly Shanahan and her Mad Shak dance company. The group has been in residence at the school, and Shanahan has performed at the college with her company in 2009 and as a soloist in 2012. This year, Mad Shak is back with The Delicate Hour. To judge from Shanahan’s past work, it will be a fragile, beautiful thing. Oct. 24-25. Mitchell Hall. 

2. Don’t be fooled by the iconic titles in the Milwaukee Ballet’s upcoming season. Many of these classics have been re-imagined by MB artistic director Michael Pink. Don Quixote, which opens the season, has been staged by all the ballet superstars since premiering in 1869. Pink’s version was first seen in 1987 when he was at England’s Northern Ballet, and was staged here in 2005. It abbreviates Cervantes’ epic novel by focusing on a few spectacular episodes in Don’s noble quest. Oct. 30-Nov. 2. Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. 

3. Isabelle Kralj and Mark Anderson’s Theatre Gigante has done well by Shakespeare in recent years, inventively adapting some of his classic plays – King Lear, Midsummer Night’s Dream – into compelling and original dance/theater hybrids. They open this season with one of their greatest Shakespeare successes, My Dear Othello, which premiered in 2004 and blends Western and Japanese theater, music and movement into a rumination on one of the Bard’s signature tragedies. Oct. 24-Nov. 8. Kenilworth Studio 508. 

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by Dan Bishop

4. The very collaborative-minded Danceworks Performance Company reaches out to the fashion world in its fall concert, The Paleontology of a Woman, tapping design celebrity (and Project Runway contestant) Timothy Westbrook and his crew of artists and designers, including composer/violinist Allen Russell. The show promises to explore “the evolution of femininity and power,” and we expect there will be some pretty cool threads as well. Oct. 30-Nov. 1. Next Act Theatre.


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Malehorn and Timothy O’Donnell


5. It may still be the time of picnics, baseball and the hissing of summer lawns, but it’s not too soon to think of the holidays. And that means a return of the Milwaukee Ballet’s stellar production of The Nutcracker. Michael Pink’s version of the stalwart is visually spellbinding, and dramatically compelling for both old and young alike. It stars the MB’s talented company, its dazzling apprentice company, MBII, and perhaps even an aspiring ballerina from your neighborhood. Dec. 13-27. Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. 

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Paul Kosidowski is a freelance writer and critic who contributes regularly to Milwaukee Magazine, WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio and national arts magazines. He writes weekly reviews and previews for the Culture Club column. He was literary director of the Milwaukee Repertory Theater from 1999-2006. In 2007, he was a fellow with the NEA Theater and Musical Theater Criticism Institute at the University of Southern California. His writing has also appeared in American Theatre magazine, Backstage, The Boston Globe, Theatre Topics, and Isthmus (Madison, Wis.). He has taught theater history, arts criticism and magazine writing at Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Dance

1. Alverno Presents has formed a fruitful partnership with choreographer Molly Shanahan and her Mad Shak dance company. The group has been in residence at the school, and Shanahan has performed at the college with her company in 2009 and as a soloist in 2012. This year, Mad Shak is back with The Delicate Hour. To judge from Shanahan’s past work, it will be a fragile, beautiful thing. Oct. 24-25. Mitchell Hall.  2. Don’t be fooled by the iconic titles in the Milwaukee Ballet’s upcoming season. Many of these classics have been re-imagined by MB artistic director Michael Pink. Don…

1. Alverno Presents has formed a fruitful partnership with choreographer Molly Shanahan and her Mad Shak dance company. The group has been in residence at the school, and Shanahan has performed at the college with her company in 2009 and as a soloist in 2012. This year, Mad Shak is back with The Delicate Hour. To judge from Shanahan’s past work, it will be a fragile, beautiful thing. Oct. 24-25. Mitchell Hall. 

2. Don’t be fooled by the iconic titles in the Milwaukee Ballet’s upcoming season. Many of these classics have been re-imagined by MB artistic director Michael Pink. Don Quixote, which opens the season, has been staged by all the ballet superstars since premiering in 1869. Pink’s version was first seen in 1987 when he was at England’s Northern Ballet, and was staged here in 2005. It abbreviates Cervantes’ epic novel by focusing on a few spectacular episodes in Don’s noble quest. Oct. 30-Nov. 2. Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. 

3. Isabelle Kralj and Mark Anderson’s Theatre Gigante has done well by Shakespeare in recent years, inventively adapting some of his classic plays – King Lear, Midsummer Night’s Dream – into compelling and original dance/theater hybrids. They open this season with one of their greatest Shakespeare successes, My Dear Othello, which premiered in 2004 and blends Western and Japanese theater, music and movement into a rumination on one of the Bard’s signature tragedies. Oct. 24-Nov. 8. Kenilworth Studio 508. 

4. The very collaborative-minded Danceworks Performance Company reaches out to the fashion world in its fall concert, The Paleontology of a Woman, tapping design celebrity (and Project Runway contestant) Timothy Westbrook and his crew of artists and designers, including composer/violinist Allen Russell. The show promises to explore “the evolution of femininity and power,” and we expect there will be some pretty cool threads as well. Oct. 30-Nov. 1. Next Act Theatre.

5. It may still be the time of picnics, baseball and the hissing of summer lawns, but it’s not too soon to think of the holidays. And that means a return of the Milwaukee Ballet’s stellar production of The Nutcracker. Michael Pink’s version of the stalwart is visually spellbinding, and dramatically compelling for both old and young alike. It stars the MB’s talented company, its dazzling apprentice company, MBII, and perhaps even an aspiring ballerina from your neighborhood. Dec. 13-27. Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. 

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Paul Kosidowski is a freelance writer and critic who contributes regularly to Milwaukee Magazine, WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio and national arts magazines. He writes weekly reviews and previews for the Culture Club column. He was literary director of the Milwaukee Repertory Theater from 1999-2006. In 2007, he was a fellow with the NEA Theater and Musical Theater Criticism Institute at the University of Southern California. His writing has also appeared in American Theatre magazine, Backstage, The Boston Globe, Theatre Topics, and Isthmus (Madison, Wis.). He has taught theater history, arts criticism and magazine writing at Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.