Dancers: Intense "Dracula" Is "A Guy's Ballet"

Pyrotechnics, flying actors highlight of Texas Ballet Theater production

By Keaton Fox
|  Friday, Feb 24, 2012  |  Updated 7:42 PM CDT
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The actors in the Texas Ballet Theater's staging of

Keaton Fox, NBC 5 Reporter

The actors in the Texas Ballet Theater's staging of "Dracula" promise an action-packed show.

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The actors in "Dracula" in the four performances of "Dracula" this weekend promise an action-packed show.

"Dracula," the Texas Ballet Theater's latest production has "evil, sinister, death and destruction," dancer Peter Zweifel said.

"There's a lot of really intense scenes where you're sucking people's blood and things like that, so that's different," he said. "You don't really do that in a ballet."

Zweifel and two other dancers play the lead role of Dracula on different days. It's a role that came before all those other vampire roles.

"It was one of the first real legendary vampires that's been created," dancer Carl Coomer said.

Dancer Lucas Priolo said now's the time to take people who are interested in ballet to a show.

"It's a guy's ballet," he said. 'If you ever to bring a guy to the ballet for the first time, this is absolutely your ballet."

Because different dancers lead the performances and they have such a deep, dark role to play, each show has a different signature.

"If you were to come to opening night or you were to come to Saturday's show or Sunday's show, they're all going to be different ballets that you're going to be seeing," Priolo said. "Really, you're going to have a different take and you're going to come away, I think, with a different feeling from Dracula."

The dancers said it's a show that won't leave the audience feeling empty inside.

"I think it's really fun to dig their teeth into, if you know what I mean," Coomer said.

NBC 5 is a sponsor of "Dracula."

Performances are as follows:
Friday: 8 p.m.
Saturday: 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday: 2 p.m.

Click here for more information from the Texas Ballet Theater's website.

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