Madison Ballet Presents Three New Works – February 3 & 4

*For Immediate Release*

Madison Ballet Presents Three New Works In Bare:

A Mixed Bill Program At The Bartell Theatre

Friday, February 3 – 8:00pm

Saturday, February 4 – 2:00pm

Saturday, February 4 – 8:00pm

(Madison, WI – January 24, 2017)—Following the success of Madison Ballet’s 2016 performances of The Nutcracker, the company takes the stage again with a very different selection of short works that showcase the diverse talents of the company’s artists. In contrast to the lush setting of the traditional holiday performances of The Nutcracker, “Bare” captures what is eclectic, playful, and new in ballet by presenting three works by emerging choreographers alongside two favorites by Artistic Director W. Earle Smith.

Mr. Smith says: “The intimate Bartell Theatre provides a simple setting for an exploration of the pure joy of dance ‘stripped bare.’ This diverse program is an opportunity to really highlight the talents of Madison Ballet’s dancers and to have fun. We are especially excited to present three new works by choreographers who are like family to Madison Ballet, our dancers, and our audiences. We are proud provide a platform for audiences and artists to experience the breadth of the creativity in dance here in Madison.”

The three new works are: Somewhere Between Grit and Grace by Jacqueline Stewart, a Chicago based choreographer, who returns with her third work for the company; Re-Place by local UW Dance Department professor Jin-Wen Yu, also his third work for the company; and Limelight by Shea Johnson, a favorite guest dancer for Madison Ballet, who is staging his first work here.

The program also features Groovy (2014) and Palladio Pas de Deux (2011): both works by Mr. Smith that have not been performed in Madison since their premieres, and are strikingly different in tone and style. The Palladio Pas is an excerpt from a longer work set to a modern orchestral score by Welch composer Karl Jenkins. This is neoclassical ballet at its best: clean, precise lines, athleticism, artistry, and a minimalist aesthetic that focuses on the music and movement. Groovy is an explosion of color that celebrates the music of the 1960′s. Groovy has the feel of a lively dance party with references to popular dances of the era and the costumes are equally bright—right down to the day-glo pointe shoes.


The Bartell Theatre
113 E. Mifflin St
Madison, WI 53703

Advance tickets are processed through The Overture Center; tickets are available at the Bartell 2 hours prior to curtain.

Single Tickets: $25 for children and seniors, $30 for adults, $10 day-of student rush.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling The Overture Center Box Office at 608.258.4141.

Primavera – Repertory Program
*Featuring Two World Premieres
Drury Stage, Bartell Theater
March 31 – April 1, 2017


Founded in 1981, Madison Ballet is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit performing arts organization based, led by Artistic Director W. Earle Smith. Its mission is to promote appreciation of and access to ballet by providing training and performing opportunities through public performances and educational initiatives.

Now in its 36th year, Madison Ballet is the second-largest dance organization in Wisconsin. Over 12,000 people attend Madison Ballet’s original production of The Nutcracker each year. In addition, Madison Ballet presents a varied repertoire of other performances each season, from intimate mixed-bill programs to elaborate full-length productions. Community outreach programs such as Madison Ballet: Offstage & Personal and Behind the Curtains bring the magic of Madison Ballet to both the young and young-at-heart, providing new perspectives on this timeless art form.

The School of Madison Ballet (SMB) opened in September 2005 and has become one of the most highly respected dance education programs in the Midwest. SMB provides classes and pre-professional training for over 450 students from children to adults. Alumni of the school and studio company have gone on to prestigious companies and schools, such as Sacramento Ballet, Miami City Ballet, School of American Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet School, and Ballet Chicago.

For more information, please contact:
Gretchen Bourg, General Manager
Madison Ballet
608-278-7990 x672


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