Texas Ballet Theater: Ben Stevenson’s Dracula
February 26, 2012
525 Commerce Street , Fort Worth, TX
$27.50 - $91
Stevenson’s theatrical ballet features vampire brides who fly through the air in sheer ethereal inspired gowns, a ghastly coach that winds on and off stage, and Dracula’s 30-pound, 23 foot long cape, which is a work of art in-and-of-itself. In adapting the novel to stage, Stevenson streamlines the story, taking the audience directly to the Transylvanian village where the evil aristocratic Count seduces his victims with a darkly erotic magnetism. Each of the three scenes features a distinct, dramatic atmosphere: the dank crypt of Dracula’s castle in the first act with a corps de ballet comprised of Dracula’s 18 brides; the picturesque village square of the second act featuring scenes of peasant revelry; and the bedroom of the count, where he ravishes his victims, in the third act. The exquisitely detailed costumes were also influenced by late 19th century, specifically by costume design in Romania at the Metropolitan Museum in New York and memories of a trip to Budapest.
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