8 O’Clock Buzz host Jonathan Zarov interviews W. Earle Smith, Artistic Director, Madison Ballet.
Madison Ballet will celebrate its “renaissance” and the upcoming season with Ballet in Bloom, a benefit event taking place on Friday, May 6 from 7:00-10:00PM at the University Club on the UW-Madison campus.
This year marks the 35th anniversary of Madison Ballet, an organization touching the lives of over 30,000 people each year through live performances, educational programs, and community outreach. The rich history of Madison Ballet began in the 1960’s with Tibor Zana, whose passion brought dance to the forefront in Madison and drew international stars like Rudolph Nureyev, Edward Villela, and Margot Fonteyn to perform with the company. This tradition of excellence continues today; Madison Ballet has become the 2nd largest dance organization in the state, with an established regional presence and a growing national reputation.
Ballet in Bloom will feature live music, small plates from the University Club chef, and local chocolate and craft beer tastings. The celebration will culminate in the announcement of Madison Ballet’s 2016-2017 Performance Season, by Artistic Director W. Earle Smith. Tickets are on sale now at Madison Ballet’s website.
Madison Ballet is in a time of transition and continues to rely on the generous financial support of businesses and individuals throughout the community. Their annual performances of The Nutcracker remain an essential part of many families’ holiday traditions, and they continue to break new ground with innovative productions like the original rock ballet, Dracula.