Dracula ballets

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The legend of the vampires became extremely popular among choreographers in the late 20th century, inspiring well over twenty works within two decades. Bram Stoker's novel Dracula has been the direct basis of several versions, including Stuart Sebastian (mus. various, Royal Ballet of Flanders, 1991), Gable and Pink (mus. P. Feeney, Northern Ballet Theatre, 1996 and revived for Royal New Zealand Ballet, Norwegian National Ballet, Atlanta and Colorado Ballets among others), and Mark Godden (mus. Mahler, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, 1998). Other looser interpretations include Kudelka's Dracula (mus. Baker, Grands Ballets Canadiens, 1985, revised as Love, Dracula, 1989), Ezralow's Irma Vep (mus. Bartók, London Contemporary Dance Theatre, 1987), Mark Morris's One Charming Night (mus. Purcell, 1985), Stevenson's Dracula (mus. Liszt, arr. Lanchbery, Houston Ballet, 1997), and David Nixon's Dracula (Northern Ballet Theatre, mus. several, 2005). Mark Godden's version for Royal Winnipeg Ballet (mus. Mahler, 1998) formed the basis of Guy Maddin's award-winning film in 2001.

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