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‘Dracula’ returns to Pittsburgh stage

January 20, 2011
from staff reports

PITTSBURGH - After six seasons, Dracula makes his return to the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre stage Feb. 11-13 at the Benedum Center.

"Dracula" is the result of a collaboration between Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Houston Ballet. The initial vision for "Dracula" was conceived by former Houston Ballet Artistic Director Ben Stevenson, currently artistic director of Texas Ballet Theater. His choreography brings to life Bram Stoker's gothic novel, complete with a bevy of other worldly brides; a sinister Count Dracula consumed by bloodlust; and a love triangle, where good and evil vie for the love of the beautiful Svetlana. Hungarian composer Franz Liszt's score is arranged by John Lanchbery.

Houston Ballet costume designer Judanna Lynn, who has designed costumes for past Pittsburgh Ballet productions, designed the costumes for "Dracula." Lynn found inspiration for the costumes by researching works of various German romantic artists of the 19th century, watching several movie versions of "Dracula" and visiting the Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute to examine material and costume designs from Romania.

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ON?STAGE — ‘Dracula’ makes a return to the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre stage Feb. 11-13 at the Benedum Center. Several special outreach programs associated with the production also are planned.

In addition to this research, Lynn used Stoker's novel as a primary reference and was influenced by Liszt's musical score in the development of the costumes.

The set was designed by scenic designer Thomas Boyd as a recreation of 19th century Transylvania for the stage. Boyd's design consists of three distinct sets for each of the acts: the crypt, the village and Dracula's bedroom. Each set design was developed after research of the architecture of both the Balkans and Romania to ensure an accurate depiction.

The ballet will be performed at 8 p.m. Feb. 11-12 and 2 p.m. Feb. 12-13.

Special outreach programs associated with "Dracula" include:

10:30 p.m. Feb. 11, Afterthoughts. Audience members are invited to discuss the performance with Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr and other Pittsburgh Ballet artists.

7 p.m. Feb. 12, Insights. Hosts includes Pittsburgh Ballet artistic staff and visiting artists and allow audiences an in-depth look at the production prior to the performance. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (412) 454-9105.

1 p.m. Feb. 13, Talks with Terry. Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr hosts an informal discussion, and audience members get a behind-the-scenes look at the dancers.

12:30 p.m. Feb. 12, the Family Pointe. The Family Pointe is an interactive program designed for families with children between the ages of 5 and 14 that looks at various aspects of the ballet performance. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (412) 454-9105.

Single tickets for Dracula are $20.75 to $90.75. Call (412) 456-6666 or visit www.pbt.org.

For subscriptions and group sales information, call (412) 281-0360.

 
 

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