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...