It’s a few weeks after Halloween, but locals can catch another vampire at their door, when Ballet Victoria presents its world premiere of Dracula at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre Nov. 21.
Audiences should prepare for a dance performance with a dramatic bite as the timeless tale, based on the original story by Bram Stoker, continues to seduce generations with its enthralling sensuality.
Ballet Victoria is putting in its own stake with a neoclassical spin on the immortal tale.
Artistic director Paul Destrooper says the company has transcended the trendy theme of vampires by reaching deep into the psyche of the long feared Romanian count to drag his essences to the light – kicking, screaming, and pirouetting.
“We expose Dracula, along with the other characters in the plot, to challenge our values of good and evil and where the balance sits for each of us individually,” he said. “We will each attach to the characters differently depending on our predispositions. It is our personality that will drive your empathy for the characters in the ballet and the experience you derive from the performance.”
Ballet Victoria has transformed under the artistic directorship of Destrooper into a cultural asset for B.C. Their performances, which have included timeless stories such as Cinderella, staged in Vernon in 2012, combine the stunning classical lines of pointe work and modern contemporary dance forms.
“Blending the vocabulary of 21st century styles and traditional classical makes the emotion and the gravity of the choreography better reflect the mood and dramatic intention,” said Destrooper.
For this tale of love and immortality, 12 dancers are devouring their roles for a six-city tour through B.C.
“I enjoy working with a company with such technical ability” said Destrooper. “I am constantly challenging their creativity and stepping further into new works and pushing boundaries.”
In Dracula, the romantic and sensual pas de deuxs will be juxtaposed with a score that includes Aussie singer Sia’s top 10 hit, Chandelier.
“The show is going to be extremely entertaining. It is dark and inviting. It will leave you moved and inspired,” said Destrooper, “This show is food for your fantasy.”
Tickets for Dracula are $35 for adults, $32 for seniors and $30 for students and are on sale now through the Ticket Seller box office, online at www.ticketseller.ca or by phone at 250-549-SHOW (7469).