This version of “Dracula” honors the publication of Bram Stoker's classic novel streamlining the story, jettisoning its subplots, setting the confrontation between good and evil entirely in the Transylvanian village and Great Britain, and imbuing the title character with a darkly erotic magnetism.
In 1999, Jill Eathorne Bahr's production of DRACULA received an 8-day sold-out run in Las Vegas. Many requests for its return from the public continue in every community where it has ever been staged.
Companies that have performed the work include Nevada Ballet Theatre and North Carolina Dance Theatre.
The ballet follows the story of Count Dracula, a 400-year-old vampire, who sleeps by day and roams the Transylvanian Countryside by night to quench his blood thirst. Because his homeland has been drained, Dracula travels to London in search of new disciples.
Dracula is portrayed as the seductive villain whose dangerous passion attracts willing victims into becoming part of his unholy fold, the “nosferatu,” or undead. This production is a cross between ballet and theatre. The lead dancers act as well as dance, and movements on stage are choreographed with both in mind. Consequently, one has a strong sense of narrative as well as visual spectacle.
CBT's Dracula is not the horror story to which we have become accustomed. It's a mesmerizing, intimate and multi-layered portrait of a deeply tortured soul, danced by
whose vampire is both a picture of courtly elegance and menacing force.
First published in 1897, the novel Dracula by Irish author Bram Stoker has never been out of print. It has been reissued in over 300 editions, including dozens in foreign languages. The figure of Count Dracula has dominated twentieth-century culture, from movies to cereal boxes, from Sesame Street to the Charleston Ballet Theatre. That a single novel, given only scant attention at the time of publication, should have had such an impact is nothing short of phenomenal. There is probably not another fictional work that has had such a pervasive cultural influence as this one.