Saturday, February 16, 2013

The Dracula Ballet


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I've read Dracula multiple times, and it just gets better every time I read it. It's he same with the movies; they never get old. When I heard that The Atlanta Ballet was putting on Michael Pink's Dracula, I was thrilled. The Count was my fictional husband some years ago, and I recently found out that it was the same way with my mom. We both decided to get all dolled up for this event.
my mother and I

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The show was absolutely mesmerizing. A ghostly blue light was cast upon the set, occasionally interrupted by flashes of lightning. The light effects even produced video the of train to Transylvania and  the oceanic scene of Whitby. The music composition for this show very accurately captured the mood. At many parts, there was an eerie sound of a heartbeat in the background while violins trilled. The set was beautifully built with the look of wrought iron and stone. Even the costumes were perfect. Mina's white gossamer dress was so ethereal. Dracula's iconic long red coat covered his feet, so he appeared to float. 
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The choreography was brilliant. The dancing captured the dark eroticism and horror of this tale, making words unnecessary. All the characters had very precise movements, and they were very skilled. Dracula especially had very snake-like motions that gave me chills. The fact that fog trailed his feet made him seem to glide even more.
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This performance, like any good show, left the audience quiet with reflection. I even found myself craving silence on the ride home while moments from the ballet pulsed in my brain. I was so fortunate to have the opportunity to go. If I had the money, this is a production I would definitely see again. Here is a video below where you can catch a glimpse of this performance:

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  1. Just watching the video makes me wish I could see it in person. It looks awesome - you and your mom are very lucky! :o)

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    1. It was awesome, and we were very lucky. If the ballet comes into your area,I definitely recommend seeing it!

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  2. Wonderful purple boots!

    I love ballet/theatre-- this looks like a really great one, lucky you!
    The last show I went to was a musical called Nevermore. It was an imaginary tale of the life and works of Edgar A. Poe. Superb.

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    1. Thank you! Nevermore sounds like something I'd want to see. :)

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  3. I'm so jealous, that looks AMAZING!

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    1. It was amazing! I wish I could see it again.

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  4. I have heard such good things about this ballet, I wish I could have seen it for myself! Maybe it will come to Australia one day!

    Are you wearing metallic purple boots? Awesome!

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    1. I hope your local ballet company puts on this production. It's not something any Dracula fan should miss! I am wearing metallic purple boots, by the way. They're my special boots. :)

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