Dracula is back at West Yorkshire Playhouse this and next week - we first performed David Nixon's take on the immortal Count back in 2005 with David Paul Kierce as one of the leads. Kierce first got his teeth in to the role when David Nixon originally created the ballet for BalletMet, Ohio.
Here's some photos from those 2005 performances...
We are almost at the première of our new children’s ballet Elves & the Shoemaker. On Saturday 13 September the Company will be heading over to The Riley Theatre at Northern School of Contemporary Theatre to perform Elves & the Shoemaker to lots of excited children – and we can’t wait!
With our upcoming production of Dracula at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, last week we ran an event in collaboration with Leeds Central Library to show appreciation for all things gothic and supernatural and to address why Dracula is still as popular as ever in today’s arts and culture.
The dancers have been back since the end of July, but today there is something of the first day of term in the air.
Dracula opens at West Yorkshire Playhouse on Friday, running till Saturday 13 September. The Technical Team are there already laying the floor, installing the sets and lighting. The dancers will be there on Thursday for technical and dress rehearsals before the curtain goes up on Friday night.
In 1985 Robert de Warren (choreographer and Artistic Director) created a new ballet based on Shakespeare's Othello. In this pic the composer, Loris Tjeknavoran discusses the music with de Warren and dancers Marcello Angelini (Othello) and Daniela Buson (Desdemona).
This week two sultry and mysterious characters were spotted in the atmospheric Dark Arches of Leeds as our dancers Alice Bayston and Isabelle Clough took to the tunnels to model the latest fashions in a vampire-inspired photo shoot with Harvey Nichols.
As Dracula prepared to return for the first time in five years, we spoke to Senior Wardrobe Manager Mikhaila Pye to find out just what it takes to get our dancers on stage in their Victorian finest...
How soon do you start preparing the wardrobe for the revival of a production?
We start planning the wardrobe for a revival as soon as possible, or as soon as we get the casting for a production. We got the Dracula costumes back from storage before the summer break at the end of June.