- $20 for one ticket to see Grand Rapids Ballet Company presents Dracula (up to a $40 value)
- When: Thursday, October 31, at 7:30 p.m.
- Where: Peter Martin Wege Theatre
- Seating: best-available reserved
- Door time: 6:30 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click here to view the seating chart.
Grand Rapids Ballet Company Presents Dracula
Rather than just slap some Victorian clothing and fake blood on the performers and call it a day, Thomas Helms' ballet adaptation of Dracula uses dance to capture the more stylized elements of Bram Stoker's novel: the madman Renfield maniacally prances as he plucks flies from the air. Three vampiric brides pirouette as they seduce real estate agent Jonathan Harker, who has wondered into a castle where the owner has a disturbing habit of filling out sandwich punchcards with his teeth.
Audiences will recognize these iconic images from the ballet's source material, to which it stays remarkably faithful when compared to other Dracula adaptations. For example, the script includes two of the doomed Lucy Westerna's suitors—the wealthy Texan Quincy Morris and the dapper Lord Arthur Godalming, both of whom usually get omitted from the text. Along with an escaped Harker and his wife Mina, as well as the vampire-hunting scholar Professor Abraham Van Helsing, they set out to defeat the title character after he makes his way to London on a quest for blood and garlic-free pizza.
Grand Rapids Ballet Company
The seeds of the Grand Rapids Ballet Company were planted in 1971, with the founding of the city's Civic Ballet. 12 years later, another cultural program started up: the Summerfest School of Grand Rapids, an academy for the development of professional dancers. The two eventually merged, and the Grand Rapids Ballet Company was born. Although the Civic Ballet and Summerfest School are now a single entity, the RBC upholds both of their missions, training young performers and putting on classic productions, contemporary choreographies, and evocative interpretations of the Chicken Dance.