PBT presents three-act ballet Dracula™

The popularity of vampire Edward and his family in the "Twilight" series of books and movies played a part in Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre artistic director Terrence S. Orr's decision to include Dracula in the current season's offerings. And don't forget, it is a love story. So its Friday-Sunday run is just in time for Valentine's Day. Well, that's true, Orr said with a little laugh. It was a nice change-up with Edward and it is usually performed around Halloween. Dracula is a love story. Why do people want to live forever and what are they willing to do to accomplish that?

Review: 'Dracula' a lavish Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre production

Lavish sets and spectacular production values, including simulated flying, elevate Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's "Dracula," which was revived this weekend at the Benedum Center Downtown. The ballet is a co-production with Houston Ballet and was first seen in 1997. Choreographer Ben Stevenson's language uses a lot of pantomime in addition to classical ballet moves to develop the characters and advance the action.\n

PBT dancers give 'Dracula' some bite

A lot has happened since Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre last presented "Dracula" in 2004. In the meantime, the count from Wallachia has been challenged (at least temporarily) by a more romantic and sensitive Edward of "Twilight" fame.\n\nNo matter -- it seems that people can't get enough of vampires.\n\n

Dracula' revived as a reminder of dark love near Valentine's

Dracula pops up when he wants to, or when he's thirsty. But that's not the reason Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's artistic director Terrence Orr is "very happy" to move the story from Halloween to Valentine's Day.\n\n"It can be considered a love story on the dark side," he says, pointing to Dracula as a precursor to Edward in "The Twilight Saga."\n

Dracula' dances in to mesmerized viewers

“Before Edward ...” quips the poster for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s upcoming Valentine’s Day production, “there was Dracula.”\n\nBetween those two vampires — reminds Erin Halloran, a principal dancer at the theater — are countless other mythological beings.\n\n“Vampires have been popular for a long time,” she said, singling out Anne Rice’s famous “The Vampire Chronicles” as an example.\n\nThe poster refers to Edward Cullen, the vampire heartthrob of the popular teen-book series, “Twilight.”\n\nPeople have always been fascinated with eternal life.

Pittsburgh Ballet reminds us that before Twilight -- and after twilight -- there was Dracula.

Before Edward and The Twilight Saga, before Louis and Lestat and Ann Rice's Vampire Chronicles, there was Dracula, the original vampire playboy. Not just a coldblooded killer, Dracula was a conqueror of women's hearts, killing some while turning many into his beautifully undead brides.\n\nIn choreographer Ben Stevenson's ballet version of Dracula (1997), to be performed Feb. 11-13 by Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, the lustful count is no less insatiable.

Pop Filter Hot Pick: PBT's Dracula Brings Dance & Darkness to the Stage

In the days leading up to Valentine's Day, forget flowers and chocolates, and instead take in one of the city's rich cultural offerings with that special someone, group of girlfriends or roommates, favorite cousin, or best buddy.\n\nWith its production of Dracula, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (PBT) has the perfect combination of lust, love and longing for the occasion.

The real Dracula returns: PBT presents the classic gothic romance just in time for Valentine's Day

It's almost Valentine's Day, the time of year for crimson roses, heart-shaped candies, candlelit dinners -- and Count Dracula?\n\nPittsburgh Ballet Theatre thinks the blood-thirsty Casanova isn't just for Halloween.\n\n"Dracula was before Edward," artistic director Terrence Orr said, referring to vampire heartthrob Edward Cullen from Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" book and film series. "When you think about the [Dracula] story, in actuality, it is a love story."\n\n

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's 2011-12 season brings 'Streetcar' premiere

Fresh takes on familiar stories and returning popular repertoire will animate the five productions of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's 2011-12 season.\n\nThe company, which has enjoyed four consecutive years of balanced budgets, plans to add four or five performances to the run of its production of "The Nutcracker," set in Pittsburgh by artistic director Terrence S. Orr.\n\n\n

The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's lineup includes 2 debuts

The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's 2011-12 season will be a pas de deux of old favorites and new attractions -- including a venue change, Pittsburgh premieres and more chances to catch "The Nutcracker."\n\nDancers will open the 42nd season in October with "Peter Pan." Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet premiered this work by choreographer Jorden Morris in 2006. PBT has performed "Peter Pan" in the past, but its next showing at the Benedum Center, Downtown, will mark the Pittsburgh debut of Mr. Morris' version.\n\n\n