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DANCE


Verdi’s Il Trovatore


October 28 & 29 7:30 DEVOS HALL


Lavish melodies like the famous “Anvil Chorus,” and powerhouse arias that stretch the limits of the human voice make this Verdi masterpiece a must see.


Individual tickets available through Ticketmaster starting at $20. Student Rush tickets are ½ off the day of a show.


Ticketmaster or 616.451.2741 Ext. 2


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From Transylvania to Grand Rapids


| by Lindsay Patton-Carson G


RAND RAP IDS BALLET COMPANY IS TAKING the recent vampire trend and bringing it back to its origins with Dracula. Though vampires have been


around in folklore for hundreds of years, it was Bram Stoker who popularized these bloodthirsty beings and created the basis for the modern vampire. Dracula, Stoker’s classic novel published in 1897, tells the story of Count Dracula and the fear and violence he inflicts on those who cross his path.


The story has been played


out in multiple adaptations and laid the groundwork for stories in today’s popular culture – from Anne Rice’s bestselling novels and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” in the ‘90s, to more recently, The Twilight Saga and “True Blood.” Grand Rapids Ballet Company’s production of Dracula will incorporate the famous story, with a pinch of modern lore. “It’s going to be fun, it’s going to be scary,”


sented when Grand Rapids Ballet Company performs Dracula. “Our dancers are perfect for this,”


Hendricks said. “They’re young, athletic, strong and beautiful.” The original piece was choreographed by


Roger Van Fleteren, as well as Wes Chapman, who will stage the production in Grand Rapids. “His depth and breadth of


DRACULA Peter Martin Wege Theatre, Grand Rapids Oct. 27-30, show times at 2 and 7:30 p.m. $40, $35 seniors, $30 children grballet.com, (616) 454-4771


knowledge of dance and charac- terization will be great to see,” Artistic Director Patricia Barker said about Chapman. “He will be an excellent coach of stagecraft for our dancers. Each time a new stager or choreographer works with our dancers their artistic ability is expanded.” Dracula is just one ex- ample of Grand Rapids Ballet


Company’s diverse season. The company opened its 40th


said Misty Hendricks, marketing and box office director for Grand Rapids Ballet Company. “It will translate well from the vampires we know in pop culture to the ones onstage.” Vampires, known for their sensuous allure and stunning physicality, will be well-repre-


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Taylor production, Company B, while the holi- day spirit is celebrated not only in Dracula, but in The Nutcracker (November and December) and Amoré and More (February). “In general, it’s our goal as a ballet com-


pany to show the community all the different sides of dance,” Hendricks said. n


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