When it comes to season openers, you’ll be hard pressed to find anything that comes even remotely close to the excitement and energy of Ballet West’s Dracula! If you missed Dracula, then you missed out. And that’s just a fact.
Some people think that going to the ballet really sucks! But in the case of Ben Stevenson’s highly acclaimed Dracula, that was pretty much the point. Ballet West’s 2011-12 season opener invited Salt Lake City right into Dracula’s lair, and what we experienced took our breath away!
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.
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