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Behind Every Great Man—Even Dracula—Is a Powerful Woman. Dayton Ballet Invites Audiences to the Signature Event of the Season with Its Brand-New, Haunting Story Ballet, Dracula: Bloodlines



CONTACT: ANGELA WHITEHEAD
Communications & Media Manager
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
Phone 937-224-3521 x1138
awhitehead@daytonperformingarts.org 

DAYTON, OH (September 23, 2016) – On Thursday, October 20 at 7:30 pm; Friday, October 21 at 8 pm; Saturday, October 22 at 8 pm; and Sunday, October 23 at 3 pm in the Victoria Theatre, the Dayton Ballet is thrilled to present Dracula: Bloodlines, the first ballet of the 2016–2017 Excite Season.  Leadership Sponsors for this performance are Brady Ware & Company - CPAs and Business Advisors and ELM Foundation, and Performance Sponsor is Premier Health.  Associate Sponsors are Vernon and Janet Fernandes.  DPAA’s Innovation Partner for this 2016-2017 Excite Season is the DP&L Foundation: Powering Innovation in the Performing Arts.

This season Dayton Ballet is thrilled to present a Dayton Performing Arts Alliance Signature Event entitled Dracula: Bloodlines. This brand-new story ballet will feature a newly composed musical score, new choreography, new costumes, and, for the first time, live orchestra for a story ballet staged in the classic Victoria Theatre.  The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will be playing this exciting new score as the full Dayton Ballet company takes the stage in this world premiere.  For an added level of artistic collaboration, guest artists with Dayton Opera will appear on stage to sing several haunting arias, providing a vivid vocal backdrop to the story of how Dracula came to be.

Since its 1897 literary debut, the story of Bram Stoker’s Dracula has been told in various forms—in prose, play, movie, opera and, to our delight, ballet. But rarely has anyone explored the backstory of this dark villain. Dayton Ballet’s Dracula: Bloodlines delves into the tale before the world’s most famous vampire emerged.

The horrifying myth of a historical figure named Vlad Tepes, known by many as Vlad the Impaler, a prince in the 15th century in an area near Transylvania, is the perfect place to begin. Act One of Dracula: Bloodlines will focus on this character and the events that led to his transformation into the most well-known vampires in literary history. Act Two will see the emergence of familiar characters of the classic tale of Dracula, including Lucy, Jonathan Harker, Mina, Dr. Van Helsing, and Dracula himself. The intrigue, shadowing, and mystery of this classic tale is the perfect setting for a story ballet in the haunting month of October to bring it all to choreographed life on stage.

The full artistic force of the DPAA will present an unforgettable evening of performing arts filled with drama and beauty befitting the looming autumn season. With new music written by composer Austin K. Jaquith, professor at Ohio’s own Cedarville University, Dayton Philharmonic fills the Victoria Theatre with a lush score composed specifically for this work.

Dayton Ballet Artistic Director Karen Russo Burke has created a magnificent story that her masterful choreography will bring to life on stage with the full force of the Dayton Ballet professional company of athletic and artistic dancers.

Costume Designer Ray Zupp, who created the luscious new sets for Dayton Ballet’s The Nutcracker, will once again lend his originality and inspiration to Dayton Ballet as he designs brand-new costumes for this production to enhance the mystery with visual intrigue and delight.

Guest vocalists from Dayton Opera will share the stage with Dayton Ballet to spotlight the production with gorgeous vocal resonance. Dayton Opera welcomes to the stage soprano Grace Kahl, mezzo-soprano Melisa Bonetti, and baritone Tyler Alessi for this incredible tour de force of performing arts.

Dayton Ballet shines this October with a story ballet as captivating as the title itself, with an epic collaboration among the three art forms of Dayton Performing Arts Alliance. Do you believe in vampires? Dracula: Bloodlines may show you just how possible it is that these mysterious creatures of the night actually do exist.

Before each performance, Ms. Burke will hold a pre-performance talk called “The First Step,” giving audience members a more in-depth look at the upcoming performance and a behind-the-scenes peek at Dayton Ballet.  “The First Step” will be held 45 minutes prior to curtain time for each performance in the Burnell Roberts Room at 126 North Main Street, beside the Victoria Theatre.  “Behind the Ballet,” a Q&A with dancers that gives audiences the opportunity to learn more about the life of a dancer with Dayton Ballet, will follow each performance in the theatre.  “The First Step” and “Behind the Ballet” sessions are free of charge for all ticketholders.

Tickets for Dracula: Bloodlines are $21 to $72 and are available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 or online at www.daytonperformingarts.org. Senior, teacher and student discounts available at box office. For more information or to order subscriptions, including flexible subscription types that include performances by Dayton Philharmonic, Dayton Opera and Dayton Ballet, visit www.daytonperformingarts.org.

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About the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was formed in July 2012 as the result of a groundbreaking and innovative merger between the Dayton Ballet, the Dayton Opera, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Together, they are the largest performing arts organization in the community, offering a tremendous variety of performance and education programs and setting a new standard for artistic excellence.  Dayton Performing Arts Alliance performances are made possible in part by Montgomery County and Culture Works, the single largest source of community funds for the arts and culture in the Miami Valley. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance also receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency created to foster and encourage the development of the arts and to preserve Ohio's cultural heritage. Funding from the Ohio Arts Council is an investment of state tax dollars that promotes economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohio residents.  The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is proud to be one of five performing arts organizations in the country selected to receive a three-year "Music Alive" grant from New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras.
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