Ballet Idaho news & updates
October 2022 | Fall Issue
Artists featured in header photo are Graham Gobeille and Jessica Sulikowski, photo by Quinn Wharton.
I Vant to Suck Your Blood: Dracula
in Ballet Idaho's history (and future...?)

The lore of vampirism in popular culture will most likely never cease. While the notion of a blood-sucking creature is documented in even some of the earliest civilizations, it wasn't until the 19th century when Bram Stoker's "fictional" novel of an Eastern European blood-draining count captivated the public; spurring an endless literature, film, and theater phenomenon. The infamous count didn't spare the ballet world either.

Choreographer Charles Bennett started visiting the idea of a dance interpretation of Dracula in the 1980s and premiered it in California in 1987. Pulling romantic music from the actual time period of the novel's debut (Wagner, Massenet) and intertwining it with authentic Romani music, Bennett created a dance drama that explored the human desire to meet the dark side and probe the supernatural.

In October of 1994, Charles Bennett's seductive rendition came to Ballet Idaho, under the artistic direction of Toni Pimble. Calling it "a dance with bite" and a "visual feast," The Idaho Statesman raved over the moody, macabre drama and Ballet Idaho's bold risk of opening its season with it. It was so popular that it was brought back by popular demand in 1998.

So, if you're like me and are chomping at the fangs to know when Ballet Idaho might produce this timeless horror again- fear not. Artistic Director Garrett Anderson says he is very interested in doing a version of it and would like to pursue it in the future. Stay tuned...

Dracula photo features former Ballet Idaho soloist Eloy Barragan from Ballet Idaho's 1998 production, photos by Kent Peterson.
Do you have any memories or memorabilia from the early days of our company? We would love to hear the stories! Please share with us by emailing Cassie Mrozinski at
Single Tickets for The Nutcracker
go on sale in three days!

Single tickets for The Nutcracker go on sale on Friday, October 7. Don't miss your chance to experience this magical holiday tradition with your loved ones!
Season Subscriptions Still Available
Has the fall gotten away from you and you're still in a summer mindset? Don't worry, you can still get season tickets for all of our incredible shows this season! Click here to purchase.
Join Opera Idaho again in the Sapphire Room at The Riverside Hotel for an evening of music, food, and drinks! Operatini is back- this time with the cast from the upcoming The Barber of Seville. For tickets and more information on this delectable time, click here.
Boise Phil is opening their 22.23 season with a pair of the ultimate greats- Mozart and Tchaikovsky! Titling it Musical Gems, this lush performance on October 8th is not to be missed. Get your tickets and more information here.
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