I love the depth that the character Dracula has. I love the individuality of all the Draculas — Beau Pearson, Christopher Anderson and me — that we can be such different Draculas. Whether it’s the insane Dracula, the blood hungry Dracula, or the controlling Dracula, there are so many different moods and dimensions to this character. This guy’s been around for hundreds and hundreds of years, and you can only begin to tap into what you think are the emotions that he might have gone through and try to express them. It’s really amazing, the character development that you can do with this guy. And every day, playing with his character is different and changing, and it’s truly unlimited what you can do with this part as far as acting is concerned.
Ballet West opened its 2010-2011 season with George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments and Carmina Burana. The two ballets were an interesting pairing that worked very well. The Four Temperaments presented dancers portraying the four humors (basic substances in the body that were once said to make up our state of health), and Carmina Burana is meant to portray life’s Wheel of Fortune with celebration, love, desire, despair and fate. Each ballet touches upon the core of humanity, reaching directly into our soul.
St. Paul’s Choir of Salt Lake City’s St. Paul’s Episcopal Church performed Dvořák’s Requiem. Before the concert, Peter Christie had talked to me about how meaningful this event was to him, as it was not just a concert but a requiem incorporated into an actual Mass. I was at a church service where a requiem was intended to be heard.
The first dance of the Ballet West Academy Spring Performance was called Retro Shifts. As I sat and watched this intriguing, thoughtful and quietly expressive dance, the word that kept popping into my head was ‘brilliant’. The Ballet West Academy, its administration and staff have to be commended on their hard work. The relationships they have formed with each other and their dancers shows in the quality of their dancers, performances and productions.
Salt Lake City Performing Arts Scene Alive and Kicking with Ballet West, Utah Symphony and Lyric Opera Ensemble
This weekend, the Performing Arts scene in Salt Lake City is offering a little bit of something for everyone. With the myriad of choices, how do you decide which performance(s) to attend? Since I have a hard time choosing just one I’ll be attending three; Le Nozze di Figaro, Ballet West and Utah Symphony! All of the Performing Arts are struggling financially. Help keep these Arts alive and thriving by supporting the artists. Go enjoy a show!
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