The Kansas City Ballet performed a unique, internationally acclaimed production of Dracula from February 21 to March 2, 2014. Based on Bram Stoker's classic gothic horror story and performed by the world-class dancers of Kansas City Ballet, audiences were mesmerized as they ventured into the dark and eerie world of the infamous Count Dracula.
We wanted to bring this special KC Ballet production to the attention of ESU members since the classic tale was written by the Irish author and novelist Bram Stoker, the Choreographer of the ballet, Michael Pink, is British and the composer of the musical score, Phillip Feeney, is also British. Not to mention that the events portrayed in the novel itself take place largely in England and Transylvania during 1893.
Rather than organize a specific group event to see the KC Ballet's production of Dracula, the KC ESU Branch suggested several alternate free events surrounding this production that may be of interest to ESU members. After looking at all of these events, members decided which ones they would like to attend. They were all excellent educational events tied in with Bram Stoker's gothic horror novel.
Dracula - Lecture by Michael Pink and Devon Carney
Choreographer Michael Pink and Kansas City Ballet artistic director Devon Carney held a public conversation about the company's Dracula, which brought Bram Stoker's famous vampire tale to the world of dance. They discussed the ballet's dramatic choreography from its inception by Mr. Pink. They described the haunting score by Philip Feeney, the dazzling costumes by Lez Brotherston and the thrilling sets and shocking special effects.
When: Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm @ Central Library
Where: KC Public Library, Central Branch, downtown at 14 W. 10th St.
Free Open Rehearsal of Dracula
KC Ballet held a free open rehearsal of Dracula. The public was invited to attend this rehearsal to see the production in its final stages of preparation before its premiere in Kansas City.
When: Friday, February 7, 2014
Time: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Where: Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity, 500 West Pershing Rd. (just a block west of Union Station)
Nelson - Atkins Museum Docent Tour - Exploring Good & Evil: Themes of Bram Stoker's Dracula
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art held special docent tours of the European, Medieval and Antiquities Galleries and focused on art that has themes of Good & Evil as depicted in Stoker's Dracula. The two tours below were not advertised to the general public but offered to select groups of the KC Ballet and to ESU members.
When: Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 1:00 pm or
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 1:00 pm
Arrive at 12:45 pm as the tours begin promptly at 1:00 pm
Where: Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Go to information desk in lobby of Bloch Bldg.
KC Ballet Production of DRACULA
Of course, ESU members may attend the KC Ballet's production of Dracula.
Where: Kauffman Theatre
Ticket Info: Ticket Prices range from $29 to $99