Over Halloween weekend, PBT brings back the deliciously spine-chilling Dracula, inspired by Bram Stoker’s 1897 gothic novel – the grandfather of all vampire dramas. Dissatisfied with his bevy of undead brides, Count Dracula fixates on Svetlana, a young girl on the cusp of engagement, to satiate his thirst for fresh blood. A haunting score by Franz Liszt builds suspense while scenic designer Thomas Boyd’s fastidious studies of Balkan and Romanian architecture add authenticity to the 19th-century Transylvanian setting. The dancing also has teeth, with levitation, flying and pyrotechnics that make the choreography even more climactic. At the time of its premiere, the New York Times described it as a “spectacle of an order ballet audiences seldom see today.”

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Choreographer: Ben Stevenson | Music: Franz Liszt | Costumes: Judanna Lynn | Lighting: Timothy Hunter | Set Design: Thomas Boyd

“Ben Stevenson’s ‘Dracula’ is spectacle of an order ballet audiences seldom see today. The sets, costumes and lighting are not just lavish but exquisitely beautiful and atmospheric. The ballet…is crammed with ingenious stage magic, just as the Romantic-era ballets of the late 19th century were. Count Dracula and his ghostly undead brides fly. The Count dies in a flash of light atop a candlelighted chandelier. And a rattling old coach careers on and off the stage.” – New York Times

Performance Times

  • Friday, Oct. 27, at 11 a.m. – Student Matinee
  • Friday, Oct. 27, at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 28, at 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 28, at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 29, at 2 p.m.

Theater Programs

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Plan to join us at an educational program to learn more about Dracula! All programs are free and are held at the Benedum Center.

Fri., Oct. 27, 10:30 p.m: Afterthoughts

Don’t miss this special opportunity to talk about the performance with Dracula himself! Dracula (principal dancer Alejandro Diaz) and Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr take your questions.  Join us right after the show! Located at the front of the orchestra section in the theater; no reservations necessary.

Sat., Oct. 28, 1 – 1:30 p.m: Family Pointe

Come learn about the story of the ballet, meet Dracula’s creepy horses (dancers in costume, that is!) and try out some steps from the ballet! Enter the theater at the Stage Door, 719 Liberty Ave., 15222. Reservations requested: education@pittsburghballet.org. This program will be ASL interpreted.

Sat., Oct. 28, 7 – 7:30 p.m: Insights

Join us for in-depth discussion about Dracula with former PBT principal dancer Christopher Budzynski and Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr. Mr. Budzynski danced the role of Frederick in PBT’s 2011 production and is now a full-time ballet faculty member with PBT School. Mezzanine level. Reservations requested: education@pittsburghballet.org.

Sun., Oct. 29, 1 – 1:30 p.m: Talks with Terry

Never seen ballet class before? This is your chance! Watch a few minutes of the end of the company’s warm-up class on stage; then Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr rounds out the program with a ballet preview and a Q & A with the audience. In the theater; no reservations necessary.

Sun., Oct. 29, 2 p.m: Audio-described performance

A live narrative of the ballet for patrons with vision impairment. Click here for more information.

More Info

Casting is live! Find out who’s dancing here.

Dig into Dracula with our Audience Guide. Get the scoop on the story, costumes, music and more!



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