The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre proudly presents Ballet Victoria’s production of DRACULA on Friday, November 21st at 7:30pm at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre. This performance is the second of five shows in the Society’s 2014/15 Dance series.

Prepare for a dance performance with a dramatic bite when Dracula comes to the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre stage on November 21st 2014 at 7:30pm.  This timeless tale has seduced countless generations with its enthralling sensuality but the dark and sinister tale is reborn when Ballet Victoria puts a neoclassical spin on this traditional story.

Transcending the trendy theme of vampires, this storytelling ballet takes a surprising stab at this fantastical legend that everyone has come to love… but do you really know Dracula?  Paul Destrooper, Artistic Director of Ballet Victoria, reaches deep into the psyche of the long feared Romanian Count and drags his essences to the light – kicking, screaming, and pirouetting.

Destrooper exposes Dracula, along with the other characters in the plot, to challenge our values of good and evil and where the balance sits for each of us individually.  “We will each attach to the characters differently depending on our predispositions” says Destrooper, “it is our personality that will drive your empathy for the characters in the ballet and the experience you derive from the performance.”

The tale of love and immortality unfolds seamlessly onstage as 12 talented dancers devour their luscious roles during this 6 city tour.  “I enjoy working with a company with such technical ability” boasts Destrooper. “I am constantly challenging their creativity and stepping further into new works and pushing boundaries,”

Ballet Victoria has transformed under the artistic directorship of Destrooper into a cultural asset of our province. Their performances combine the stunning classical lines of pointe work and modern contemporary dance forms.  “Blending the vocabulary of 21-century styles and traditional classical makes the emotion and the gravity of the choreography better reflect the mood and dramatic intention” – adds Destrooper.

No matter if you are a vampire aficionado or a ballet guru, the romantic and sensual pas de duexs juxtaposed with clever score of the ballet will leave audience members mesmerized.  Delight in powerful and fiery partnering choreography as songs like Sia’s Chandeliercomplete the fantastical vision.  “The show is going to be extremely entertaining.  It is dark and inviting, it will leave you moved and inspired,”  says Destrooper, “this show is food for your fantasy.”

Tickets for DRACULA are $35 for adults, $32 for seniors and $30 for students and are on sale now through the Ticket Seller Box Office online at www.ticketseller.ca or by phone at 250-549-SHOW (7469).

The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre thanks the following sponsors for their generous support: The Best Western Plus Vernon Lodge, the Vernon Morning Star, the Okanagan Advertiser, the Vernon Community Arts Council, the Department of Canadian Heritage, the North Okanagan Regional District and the British Columbia Arts Council.



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