Michael Pink Talks About the Milwaukee Ballet’s 50th Anniversary and Plans for the Future

“We will rise again from this unfortunate situation.”


Michael Pink, artistic director of the Milwaukee Ballet, joined Milwaukee Magazine Editor and Publisher Carole Nicksin for a livestream lunch Wednesday. 

Pink talked about his artistic career, the Ballet’s 50th anniversary and plans for the future. 

Pink has been the Ballet’s artistic director since 2002. Before he became a director and choreographer, he was a dancer and actor, and he said his previous work in musical theater influenced his approach to choreography.

“For me, the story and the way we tell the story is as important — if not more important — than the steps. The steps are the words,” Pink said. “It does create this narrative dance, which has become an identity for our company.”

Pink said the Ballet is celebrating its 50th anniversary virtually. It is offering online classes and is planning to release archived footage from past performances. 

The Ballet is offering a wide range of online classes for children, as well as online Pilates and Ballet Barre classes for people age 16 and up.

“I think it will make people stay focused and motivated and stay engaged for the day that we can gradually come back together,” Pink said. “We will rise again from this unfortunate situation.”



Elizabeth Johnson is an editorial intern at Milwaukee Magazine and a journalism major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.