Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre to Kick off Season with 'Dracula'; Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's 2017-18 Season Includes a Classic Masterpiece, a Centennial Tribute That Requires Singing Dancers, a Collection of Brand New Works from Company Choreographers, and a Couple of Audience Favorites. [Derived Headline]

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Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre to Kick off Season with 'Dracula'; Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's 2017-18 Season Includes a Classic Masterpiece, a Centennial Tribute That Requires Singing Dancers, a Collection of Brand New Works from Company Choreographers, and a Couple of Audience Favorites. [Derived Headline]


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Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's 2017-18 season includes a classic masterpiece, a centennial tribute that requires singing dancers, a collection of brand new works from company choreographers, and a couple of audience favorites.

"Dracula" returns Oct. 27 to 29 to the Benedum Center. Originally created as a co-production between Houston Ballet and Pittsburgh Ballet, the popular piece premiered in 1997, 100 years after publication of Bram Stoker's gothic novel.

"The ballet has a great kind of aura to it," says Terrence S. Orr, artistic director for the ballet. "I love the effect of the stage coach coming in at the end of the second act. It swirls in and he grabs the girl and swings her up. It's just one delightful scene. It's kind of a horrifying scene, but just the way they do it, it makes you smile and then you realize it is not a nice scene -- they've kidnapped her."

"The Nutcracker" makes its seasonal splash Dec. 1 to 27 at the Benedum with 25 performances.

"Swan Lake" -- with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Orchestra -- brings romance to the Valentine season Feb. 16-25, 2018, at the Benedum. Set to the stirring themes of Tchaikovksy's score, the split personalities of Odette and Odile mirror the age-old battle between good and evil.

"Swan Lake is one of the ballets that is dear to my heart," Orr says. …

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