Centenary inspires several ballets

October 16, 1997

Dracula, the Transylvanian count with an appetite for blood, lived in a decaying castle in Varna, now in Bulgaria. Varna is also the site of the International Ballet Competition, which travels between Moscow, Bulgaria and Jackson, Miss.

Until now, this was the only known connection between Dracula and ballet. However, the 100th anniversary of Bram Stoker's 1897 novel has inspired a number of vampire ballets.

Ballet Theater of Annapolis is one of several companies paying homage to the centenary. Its new production "Dracula" makes its debut this weekend at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.

Houston Ballet and Pittsburgh Ballet Theater have just unveiled a $1 million co-production, and John Clifford's Los Angeles Ballet has one in the works with music by the artist formerly known as Prince.

Dracula

What: Ballet Theater of Annapolis.

When: 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday.

Where: Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis.

Tickets: $18, $15 seniors, $10 children and students.

Information: 410-263-2909.

Pub Date: 10/16/97

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