TULSA, Okla., Oct. 2018, – Tulsa Ballet presents the return of the gothic ballet Dracula at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center October 25-28th.
Dracula was first created by choreographer Ben Stevenson in 1997 as a production co-commissioned by Houston Ballet and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Tulsa Ballet has performed this production twice (most recently in 2012) to sold out audiences. Tulsa Ballet Artistic Director Marcello Angelini says, “Dracula is successful beyond any expectations because every element of the production excels and each and every component complements the other, adding a layer of artistry and entertainment to the show.” Entertainment critics agree: Dance Magazine proclaimed the work “a Dracula to die for…a magnificent spectacle,” and The Chicago Tribune enthused, “Dracula gives new life to an old art form.”
The production has the feel of a Broadway show; with awe inspiring stunning theatrics, vampire brides who soar through the air, and an exploding chandelier, this dramatic production will have you at the edge of your seat. Angelini continues, “Ben Stevenson is the ultimate story teller of our generation. He is able to distill the essence of each story and each moment to communicate with the audience in a silent, yet very effective way. I adore his works such as Cinderella, which we presented last year, and l really love Dracula. I am so happy to share it again with our audience!”
Tickets are in such high demand for Dracula that the company has made a limited number of additional tickets available for purchase for the Thursday, October 25th Preview Night performance. This special performance is the company’s final dress rehearsal. Patrons purchasing tickets to Preview Night will have the opportunity to arrive one hour prior to curtain to watch the dancers finish their warm up on stage, and will have access to a private cash bar on the Promenade level of the theater.
Performances of Dracula will be accompanied live by Tulsa Symphony Orchestra. The ballet is set to the music of Franz Liszt, in an arrangement by John Lanchberry. Tickets range from $25 – $120. For tickets call (918) 749–6006 or visit www.tulsaballet.org.
Tulsa Ballet’s Dracula
Choreography: Ben Stevenson
Music: Franz Liszt arranged by John Lanchbery
Peter Stafford Wilson, Principal Conductor
Tulsa Symphony Orchestra
Performance Dates: Thursday, October 25 at 7:00pm – PREVIEW NIGHT* (see below)
Friday, October 26 at 7:30pm
Saturday, October 27 at 7:30pm
Sunday, October 28 at 2:30pm
*PREVIEW NIGHT – A limited number of tickets are available for Preview Night. Be the first to see the show when you purchase your tickets to our special dress rehearsal. Arrive one hour early get a behind-the-scenes look as the dancers warm up before the show and enjoy a private cash bar. Please note that Preview Night is a dress rehearsal performance. There may be extra pauses in the performance and noise from the technical staff.
Call (918) 749-6006 or visit www.tulsaballet.org/dracula
Enhance your experience at Dracula. Tulsa Ballet holds Pre-performance discussions in the Westby Pavilion on the Promenade level 30 minutes prior to the Friday, Saturday and Sunday performances. Discussions are led by Tulsa Ballet artistic staff and visiting artists, and topics may include the choreography, musical score, costuming, or other subjects related to the performance. Pre-performance discussions are free and all ticket holders are invited to attend.
For more info on our 2018/19 Season visit www.tulsaballet.org.
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