Ballet West Hosts "Dracula Festival"

Two-Week Celebration Held In Conjunction With Utah Premiere of DRACULA, October 21 – November 1

Ballet West kicks off its 2011-12 season production of Dracula with a two-week “Dracula Festival.” Ballet West has teamed with The City Library, Salt Lake Film Society, the Sandy Library, The American Red Cross, The King’s English, and other local organizations to celebrate with a variety of events and activities.

The Festival begins on Monday, October 10 with day-long crafts, contests and prizes for kids at the Sandy Library, 10100 South Petunia Way. At 7 p.m., Ballet West dancers will be on hand to sign bookmarks, have their picture taken, and talk about what it’s like to be a ballet dancer.  The event is free and open to the public.

Complete Calendar of “Dracula Festival” Events
Following the Sandy Library event, the “Dracula Festival” will include a silent film screening, lecture, blood drive, “Dracula” double feature, presentation with members of the Utah Paranormal Society and more. A complete list of activities follows:

  • October 10: Children’s crafts, contests and prizes, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Appearance by Ballet West dancers, 7 p.m, The Sandy Library, 10100 South Petunia Way (1450 East).
  • October 12: Ballet West “Viewpointe,” an invitation-only event during which renowned choreographer and Artistic Director of Texas Ballet Theater, Ben Stevenson, will discuss his thrilling ballet adaptation of “Dracula,” followed by an audience Q & A and light refreshments. The Shilo Inn, 206 South West Temple, 7 p.m.
  • October 13: Discussion of the “Dracula” story by silent film expert and member of the University of Utah’s Critical Studies faculty, Sam Dunn, followed by the film screening of the 1922 silent horror film “Nosferatu,” starring Max Schreck. Free and open to the public, 6:30 p.m.
  • October 15: “Children’s Dance Hour” with Ballet West dancers, The King’s English bookstore, 1511 South 1500 East, 11 a.m.
  • October 17: Blood Drive with American Red Cross in the Capitol Theatre lobby, 50 West 200 South, 2 to 7 p.m.
  • October 18: “Ghost Hunters of Utah” with Wasatch Paranormal Investigators. Learn more about Utah’s own haunted places and listen to authentic, ghostly recordings from local, chilling encounters. Capitol Theatre lobby, 50 West 200 South, Salt Lake City, 7 p.m. 
  • October 19: “Dracula” double feature with Salt Lake Film Society, including Werner Herzog’s 1979 production of “Nosferatu,” starring Klaus Kinski, followed by Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 thriller based on Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” starring Gary Oldman, Anthony Hopkins, and Winona Ryder, Broadway Center Theater, 111 East 300 South, 7 p.m.  Tickets are $10 at the door.
  • October 21, 22, 26 – Nov. 1: Ballet West premiere of Ben Stevenson’s Dracula. Set to a haunting arrangement of music by Franz Liszt, this wildly theatrical and opulent ballet features vampire brides who fly through the air, a ghastly coach that careens on and off the stage, and exciting drama and dancing for the entire company.  According to The New York Times, this chilling blockbuster is “a Dracula beyond Stoker’s wildest dreams.”

Ticket prices range from $19 to $75 and are available through ArtTix at www.arttix.org or by calling (801) 355-ARTS.All “Dracula Festival” events are free and open to the public, with the exception of the double feature at the Broadway Theatre, which is $5.  For more information on Ballet West’s “Dracula Festival, call the “Dracula Festival” Hotline, (801)869-6938.