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Against the Grain: The Life & Times of Levi Fisher Ames

Levi Fisher Ames was a self-taught woodcarver who took his show on the road. Levi's final memories of family, showmanship and the relationship with his creations show. Comic and tragic, this story explores an artist's world, family and mortality.


Surrender to this story of passion, seduction, and transformation this Halloween. Accompanied by Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra and featuring artists from the Florentine Opera Company.

Bruce Wells' A Midsummer Night's Dream

Join us in the Fairy Kingdom for this tale of mischief and mistaken identities. Shakespeare's enchanting comedy comes to life in a delightful performance.

The Nutcracker

Milwaukee's most magical holiday tradition, this stage-filling spectacle includes nearly 200 dancers, elaborate costumes, and imaginative sets. Tchaikovsky's signature score is played live by Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra.

Torch and Glamour: An Exploration of Love and Illusion

Love is in the air...and going up in flames! Torch songs, Broadway dance numbers, audience karaoke and hilarious heartbreak helps us tackle the comedy and tragedy of love and loss in an evening of romance on the rocks!

Genesis: International Choreographic Competition

A panel of national dance figures will choose the winner, between three emerging choreographers, to decide who receives a contract to create a world premiere in a future Milwaukee Ballet season. The audience also casts a vote for the Audience Choice Award.

Carmina Burana

Skylight Music Theatre, Danceworks Performance Company, Milwaukee Opera Theatre and Chant Claire Chamber Choir unite to reconceive this masterpiece of the pleasures and perils of the human condition as "total theatre," in which music, dance and words and inseparable.



Bach, ballet, and traditional African Dance are blended together in a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience. The program will also feature brand-new works by award-winning international choreographers Enrico Morelli and George Williamson.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Shakespeare's enchanting comedy comes to life in a delightful tale of mischief and mistaken identities. Accompanied by Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, Milwaukee Children's Choir, Florentine Opera Company and Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy students.