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The fan-favorite ballet adaptation of Bram Stoker’s 1897 Gothic horror novel is slated for four performances in October.

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promotional photo of two professional ballet dancers for an upcoming performance of "Dracula"

Principal dancers Alexandra F. Light and Carl Coomer at The Century Hall.

Photo by Steven Visneau

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Bloodthirsty for something new to sink your teeth into this fall?

Texas Ballet Theater has unveiled its highly-anticipated 2023-2024 season program, kicking off with “Dracula,” a frightfully spooky production slated for four performances in Dallas over the weekend of Sept. 15, and four here in Fort Worth over the weekend of Oct. 6.

Bonus: The Dallas performance dates will also feature a live score by the Dallas Opera Orchestra. This will be the Texas Ballet Theater’s first performance with a live orchestra in four years, which makes it especially exciting.

Choreographed by Texas Ballet Theater’s iconic Artist Director Laureate Ben Stevenson, O.B.E., the ballet uses imaginative costumes, sets, and a gripping score by Franz Lizst to create an atmosphere as dreadful as Dracula is terrifying. Read: It’s the perfect production to get you into the spooky fall spirit.

A frightfully spooky story

Before there was “Dracula” the ballet, there was “Dracula” the novel, an 1897 Gothic horror story by Bram Stoker. The plot follows a young lawyer, Jonathan Harker, who is captured by the vampire and tormented by his undead brides before eventually vanquishing him.

The ballet adaptation originally premiered in 1997 to mark the 100-year anniversary of Stoker’s novel.

promotional photo of Dracula for the ballet "Dracula."

Even this photo strikes fear in our hearts.

Photo by Steven Visneau

“Dracula” will be performed in Dallas on Friday, Sept. 15-Sunday, Sept. 17 at Winspear Opera House, and in Fort Worth on Friday, Oct. 6-Sunday, Oct. 8 at Bass Performance Hall. Performance times vary. Run time is just under two-and-a-half hours.

This is a fan-favorite production, so buy tickets sooner rather than later if you want to snag the best seats. We wouldn’t be surprised if it sold out. Dance your way to Dracula tickets.


Which of these actors does not appear in “Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” the 1992 film adaptation of Stoker’s novel?
A. Winona Ryder
B. Anthony Hopkins
C. Keanu Reeves
D. Anjelica Huston

Quiz yourself

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