DAVID WARD RETURNS IN HIS SECOND SEASON IN THE TITLE ROLE OF DRACULA
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 7:30PM (Opening Night)
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26, 8:00PM
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27, 8:00PM
HANESBRANDS THEATRE, 209 N SPRUCE STREET, WINSTON-SALEM, NC
TICKETS: (Includes all fees)
$19.75 RUSH College students with valid id for tickets purchased 15 minutes prior to show. (Based on availability) winstonsalemfestivalballet.org, Hanesbrands Box Office: 336-747-1414
“I have waited for centuries in secrecy and shadows for the return of my beloved. She is here, in this place and I must know her, protect her, love her.” DRACULA
Intriguing, haunting, seductive…. all describe Gary Taylor’s original tale of DRACULA, a season favorite returning for its 8th season October 25-27 at the Hanesbrands Theatre. Based on the classic tale, but with a contemporary twist. DRACULA is told from the viewpoint of the vampire himself, focusing on his undying and timeless love for Mina.
“Words are not my way of telling a story… This isn’t my language, I speak through movement,” says Artistic Director, Gary Taylor. “I tell stories that move… An author is defined as the originator of any written work, I am a choreographer. Dance is my medium and music is my language. For quite some time now I have wanted to tell this story through Dracula’s eyes – as a never-ending love story.”
Beside every great original choreographic work, there is a talented, dynamic, intuitive composer. Chris Heckman and Gary Taylor have formed a collaborative relationship to create the language in DRACULA’s original full-length score.
Featuring suspense and surprises, audience members will be on the edge of their seats from the moment the curtain rises. DRACULA is definitely a “story that moves”.
FEATURED CAST: David Ward returns for a second season as DRACULA
“I’m delighted to be joining Winston-Salem Festival Ballet for a consecutive second season for these dark and delightful performances as Count Dracula.”
Former leading dancer with BalletMet where he spent seven years, David trained at the English National Ballet School and spent five years dancing with Northern Ballet in Leeds, England. For a second year David will be joined many companies performing lead roles across the USA as a freelance artist. Mr. Ward’s career highlights include touring across mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao and Thailand, as well as dancing for Prince Edward. He also danced in the International Ballet Stars Gala and was a guest performer in Las Vegas.
Mr. Ward’s favorite performances include the title roles of Hamlet, Peter Pan and Dracula. The most memorable performances include dancing the role of Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, the Cavalier in The Nutcracker and the Prince in Cinderella, The sleeping beauty and Swan Lake.