From the depths of the mountains in Transylvania, the crowded, cobbled streets of London and now to downtown San Antonio, the gaunt Count Dracula is searching for his next victim. This weekend, Ballet San Antonio’s Choreographer-in-Residence Gabriel Zertuche sets his masterful choreography in the haunting world of “Dracula” as the premiere production of the 2011-2012 season.
Ballet San Antonio’s performance of “Dracula” is based on the classic horror novel by Bram Stoker in which Jonathan Harker attempts to save his beloved fiance Mina from Count Dracula.
Opening in the depths of Transylvania, Jonathan Harker, a young English lawyer is heading for Count Dracula’s castle to finalize a transfer of real estate in England. This seemingly ordinary situation leads to Jonathan’s shocking discovery of Dracula’s bloodthirsty appetite. Fearful for his own life, Jonathan attempts to murder Dracula, who then flees to England leaving Jonathan trapped in the castle.
The story then shifts to England where Harker’s fiance, Mina Murray is visiting her friend, Lucy Westenra. Late one night, Murray discovers that Westenra has been sleepwalking and sets out looking for her. In her search, she finds Westenra on a bench near a graveyard overlooking the town with a black shape hovering above her head.
In Ballet San Antonio’s “Dracula,” the bloodthirsty villain Count Dracula will be performed by principal dancer Ian Morris.
Morris began his ballet training under the direction of Phyllis Latin. Later, he joined the Phyllis Latin Dance Company with whom he performed in Moscow, Russia. Since then, Morris has jumped between various ballet companies including the Joffrey Ensemble Dancers and Montgomery Ballet. This upcoming performance will mark his second season with Ballet San Antonio.
The lovely Mina Murray will be performed by principal dancer Sarah Aujon. Aujon, a San Antonio native, studied at the Houston Ballet Academy before continuing at the University of Oklahoma.
She has performed soloist and principal roles in various countries. Aujon has been a principal dancer with Ballet San Antonio the longest of the three; this being her fourth season.
Principal dancer Carlos Hopuy performs as Jonathan Harker, Mina’s valiant defender. Hopuy was born in Havana, Cuba where he attended Escuela Nacional de Arte. Hopuy has since performed internationally in England, Japan, Nicaragua and now, the United States. His performance in “Dracula” will mark his third season with Ballet San Antonio.
Ballet San Antonio’s mission, featured on the organizations website is “to share the splendor of dance through diverse artistic performances and outreach programs that reflect, promote and enrich the cultural heritage of our South Texas