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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | November 29, 2021

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Dracula: Queensland Ballet’s Fiery New Show

Dracula: Queensland Ballet’s Fiery New Show
Claire Matthews

A dark love story comes to the stage in Queensland Ballet’s latest production, Dracula. Presented from 24 Nov in the QPAC Lyric Theatre, Dracula is a modern interpretation of the gothic vampire tale.

Choreographed by Krzystof Pastor, with music by Wojciech Kilar, and sets and costumes by Phil R. Daniels and Charles Cusick Smith, Dracula will be a feast for the senses.

We caught up with artistic director Li Cunxin and senior soloist Mia Heathcote at the studio in West End on Friday, amid their busy rehearsal schedules.

Bringing this production to Queensland audiences for the first time is exciting. Li said, “Dracula is a beautiful production, by world-class choreographer Krzystof Pastor. It’s a unique ballet, combining contemporary and classical artforms together. It’s a powerful, romantic story, but also has a gothic theme which makes the ballet interesting.” For the dancers, it’s the chance to do something new. Mia said, “I think it’s a great opportunity for us because Dracula is not your typical ballet. I’m excited to get into something that has a different story and is different to what we normally do.”

Dracula has a contrasting tone to other ballets in QB’s 2021 season, bringing new challenges for the dancers. Li said, “It’s a different experience to Sleeping Beauty because it has the contemporary edge to it and that challenges them to learn the choreography with more detail.” Aside from learning the steps, Mia said she’s been enjoying becoming the character. “We’re very much used to playing mythical creatures, like fairies or nymphs, so I always love the roles where you can just be really human. I think getting into the human aspect, that’s where the most drama comes from.”

In Dracula, Mia will perform as Dracula’s love interest, Mina. She said, “Mina is a complex character, she’s always in conflict throughout the ballet. There’s a lot of layers to her character, which is quite fun for me to dive into and portray.”

There’s much to look forward to in Dracula. Li said, “I’m looking forward to sharing this magical production with the audience. They’re going to be thoroughly entertained and have an enchanted experience.” For Mia, it’s about the story. “I love telling a story on stage, so that would be what I’m most excited about.”

Queensland Ballet’s evocative production of Dracula opens on Wednesday 24 Nov. Tickets are selling fast!

Find out about Queensland Ballet’s 2022 season here.

The Details:
What: Queensland Ballet’s Dracula
When: 24 Nov to 4 Dec
Where: QPAC Lyric Theatre
More info/ tickets: Here.

Photo Credits: Principal Artist Victor Estévez and Yanela Piñera by David Kelly