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Becoming Dracula: An interview with Domenico Luciano

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

We wanted to know how someone prepares to dance the role of Dracula, so we interviewed Colorado Ballet Principal Dancer Domenico Luciano.  He is one of the dancers who will jump into the role when Colorado Ballet presents Dracula later this month.

 

1.  How do you prepare for the role of Dracula?

I got really excited as soon as I heard that DRACULA was on the schedule for this season.  Over the summer I started doing some research on the subject.  Although, I read the book many years ago, I wanted to familiarize myself again and looked for literature, plays, movies, ballet versions, to get as much knowledge about the story, as well as the time period and the characters.  I read Stoker’s Dracula, and a few essays on the matter, I saw a few different movie versions, and I’m still on the look out for more material.

 

I have to also mention that from the first rehearsal, the Ballet Mistress Lorita Travaglia, that is staging the ballet, has already given me directions and guidance about the intentions and the meaning behind the movement.  My partner Maria Mosina, has been very helpful and generous with me, she has danced the role of Mina Harker several times, and with many different partners, so she is able to help me out with both technical and artistic advice.

  

I believe that for approaching a role like the one of Dracula, a deep artistic preparation is required to have as many tools as possible, and have many options on how to deliver the character to your partner and for the audience. 

 

2.  Is Dracula the hero or the villain of the ballet?

After all the reading that I did for the past couple of months, I have to say that Dracula’s figure is very complex.  Stoker, the author of the original novel, uses Dracula as a vehicle to shine light on the strengths and weaknesses of the human kind.  One of the interesting messages in the Dracula tale is the comment about the human emotions suppressed.  The way I see it, Dracula does not manipulate behavior or emotions, such as lust, aggression or fear, he simply brings out what already exists within the characters and invites them to be as they are naturally, free from any restraints. 

  

Another interesting debate Stoker presents in the novel is the question of who is the monster and who is the man? The men in the story become savage-like as they decapitate Lucy and drive a stake through her heart. 

He is also offering never-ending life, the fountain of youth in a way, a quest that the human species is repeatedly on. So, I am considering all of these facets that are presented in the novel as I build my interpretation of the character.

  

3.  Why should people come see Dracula?

I think this version of DRACULA has an amazing theatrical power.  I believe the audience it is going to have a rich and fulfilling experience through the combination of the dramatic musical score and strong and raw emotions from the artists.

 

For more information about Colorado Ballet's upcoming production of Draculaclick here.

Artists of Colorado Ballet in "Dracula" by Terry Shapiro

Colorado Children’s Chorale to perform with Colorado Ballet in A Midsummer Night's Dream

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Colorado Ballet's upcoming season opener of A Midsummer Night's Dream will feature music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra and the Colorado Children's Chorale.  The production will run from September 26-October 5 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.

 

About the Colorado Children's Chorale

Since 1974, the Colorado Children’s Chorale has brought its artistry and charm to audiences throughout the world. With a diverse repertoire ranging from fully staged opera and musical theater to standard choral compositions in classical, folk and popular traditions, the Chorale performs with an innovative stage presentation and a unique theatrical spirit.

 

The Colorado Children's Chorale annually trains 500 members between the ages of 7 and 14 from all ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds representing more than 180 schools in the Denver metro area and beyond. Since its founding in 1974, the Chorale has sung countless performances with some of the world’s finest performing arts organizations, performed for numerous dignitaries, and appeared in several television and radio broadcasts.

 

For more information on the Colorado Children's Chorale, visit www.childrenschorale.org.

Colorado Children's Chorale

Colorado Children's Chorale

For more information about A Midsummer Night's Dreamplease click here.

Colorado Ballet's Cinderella - Fairy Godmother Rehearsal

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Featuring Artists of Colorado Ballet

Colorado Ballet's Cinderella - Stepsisters Rehearsal PART 2

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Featuring Artists of Colorado Ballet.

Colorado Ballet's Cinderella - Stepsisters Rehearsal PART 1

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Featuring Artists of Colorado Ballet

Interview with Maria Mosina about Colorado Ballet's Giselle

Thursday, September 19, 2013

This video includes clips from Colorado Ballet's 2006 production of "Giselle," featuring artists of Colorado Ballet.

Colorado Ballet presents the hauntingly beautiful Giselle

Monday, August 26, 2013

Colorado Ballet opens its season with Giselle, October 4-13 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.  This hauntingly beautiful ballet features choreography by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot and music by Adolphe Adam performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.

“It is no secret that Giselle is my favorite ballet,” said Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet Artistic Director.  “Giselle is one of the most romantic ballets of all time.  For me, it is the epitome of a classical ballet, demonstrating love, betrayal, death and forgiveness.”

The ballet tells the story of a count in disguise who falls in love with Giselle, a beautiful peasant girl with a fragile heart.  When she discovers the count’s true identity and that he is engaged to another woman, she dies broken-hearted.  She becomes a member of The Wilis—vengeful spirits who suffered unrequited love in life and are destined to roam the earth each night, trapping men and dancing them to death.  When the count enters the domain of The Wilis, only Giselle’s love can save him.

Performance Dates and Times:

Friday, October 4, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 2 p.m.
Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, October 11, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 2 p.m.

Ticket prices range from $25 to $155. To purchase tickets, visit www.ColoradoBallet.org or call 303-837-8888 ext. 2.

Colorado Ballet's 53rd Season

Friday, August 16, 2013

Colorado Ballet’s 53rd season will feature classical works including Giselle, The Nutcracker and Cinderella at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.  The season concludes with Ballet Director’s Choice, which includes three contemporary ballets at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts.

Colorado Ballet opens the season with the hauntingly beautiful classical ballet Giselle, October 4-13, 2013 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.  Giselle will take the audience on a journey of love, betrayal, death and forgiveness, with live music performed by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.

KeyBank presents the holiday classic The Nutcracker, November 30 through December 28, 2013 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.  The Nutcracker features unforgettable characters, dazzling costumes, classic choreography and Tchaikovsky's extraordinary arrangement performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra. This dazzling spectacle of glittering snowflakes and shimmering sugarplums will transport audiences to the Land of Sweets.

In the spring, PwC will present the classic fairy tale Cinderella, February 14-23, 2014 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. This well-known tale sprinkled with humor that demonstrates dreams can come true, especially with the help of a fairy godmother.  Cinderella features an enchanting score by Prokofiev, performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.

Colorado Ballet will close out the season with Ballet Director’s Choice, March 28-30, 2014 at Newman Center for the Performing Arts. This production will include Traveling Alone, choreographed by Amy Seiwert; Edwaard Liang’s Feast of the Gods; and a world premiere choreographed by Sandra Brown.

For more information, visit www.coloradoballet.org.

Colorado Ballet to perform under the stars at Arvada Center

Thursday, August 08, 2013
Colorado Ballet will present An Evening under the Stars at 7:30 p.m. on August 29, 2013 at the Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheater.  

An Evening under the Stars will highlight Colorado Ballet’s 2013-2014 season by featuring previews from several ballets including the Act II Pas de Deux and other excerpts from Giselle as well as selections from Feast of the Gods and Traveling Alone from Ballet Director’s Choice.  The production will also include other classical and contemporary works and the premiere of Piazzola, a new tango piece choreographed by Lorita Travaglia.

Tickets range from $15 to $39.  For more information, visit www.arvadacenter.org.

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