Meet Milwaukee’s Black Swan

Milwaukee Ballet cast Marize Fumero in the role of the infamous Black Swan.


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Marize Fumero regularly gets cast as the villain. She’s played the Queen of Hearts in ALICE (in wonderland), Claudia in Mirror Mirror and now the Black Swan in Milwaukee Ballet’s Swan Lake. “What can I say? That’s always what I get,” Fumero jokes. “I love being evil. For me, it’s easy.”  

As natural as it is for her to take on these villainous characters, Fumero knows this upcoming ballet will be a challenge. Michael Pink, Milwaukee Ballet’s longtime artistic director, has choreographed a technical piece that will flex the skills of all the ballerinas – especially the lead white and black swans.  “They have their own drama and they dance together, which you will never see in another company,” Fumero says.  


 

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These unique ballets are what Fumero, who has been training in the art form since age 7, loves about Milwaukee Ballet. Having danced in the Cuban and English national ballets, she appreciates the creative choices made here, and she feels the audience will, too.  

“It’s unbeatable,” Fumero says. “You will forget about everything that is going on in your life, and for a few hours, you just will dream.”


Swan Lake is running Nov. 3-6. For tickets and more information go to milwaukeeballet.org.


 

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Allison Garcia is the Digital Editor for Milwaukee Magazine.