BalletMet’s “Dracula” at the Capitol Theatre

By Columbus Alive
From the October 25, 2012 edition

Add some high brow — and sharp bloody fangs — to your Halloween hoopla this year with BalletMet’s “Dracula.” The dance company last resurrected the ballet from its repertoire in October four years ago (uh-four years, ah-ha-ha-ha…).

Former BalletMet artistic director David Nixon choreographed this Transylvania tale inspired by the Bram Stoker novel about the vampiric Victorian count. Nixon set evocative movement befitting of a lust-fueled single dude to music by classical music minimalist Arvo Part and Romantic pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff.

Three BalletMet dancers share the title Dracula role this season: Jackson Sarver, David Ward and Jimmy Orrante, who performed the lead at the premiere in 1999.

Accompanying the performances will be pre-show talks by Ohio State professors Daniel Collins, at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 27, and Martha Sims, at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 2. They’ll discuss the folklore, history and intrigue that cloak vampires and their red-tinged, moon-lit stories.