Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

Benedum Center
October 27, 28, 29
Various times

An iconic gothic tale, a suspenseful love triangle and plenty of eerie sets, costumes and music. What better time than Halloween to experience the grandfather of all vampire dramas?

For its thrilling season opener, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre reimagines Bram Stoker’s 1897 masterpiece, which spawned numerous literary genres and acclaimed theatrical, film and television interpretations.

Experience the captivating story as Dracula moves from Transylvania to England, seeks out new blood and spreads the undead curse. You’ll be on the edge of your seat as the PBT dances its way through the gripping love triangle between Dracula, young Svetlana and her fiancé, Franz.

A co-production of PBT and Houston Ballet, “Dracula” features concept and choreography by Ben Stevenson. To create a distinct set design for the Transylvanian crypt, village and Dracula’s lair, scenic designer Thomas Boyd studied Balkan and Romanian architecture and natural features.

Arranged by John Lanchbery, Franz Liszt’s haunting score features the 13th-century Latin hymn, “Dies Irae” and the ominous “Dance of Death.” Inspired by Stoker’s text and Liszt’s music, costume designer Judanna Lynn researched 19th-century German romantic art, watched movie versions of “Dracula” and examined Romanian materials and costumes at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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For more Halloween events, check out Regent Scare at Regent Square Theatre, Heaven & Hell at Revel + Roost, Sweet Horror 3.0 at East End Brewing Co. Fright Up Night in Market Square, and Trick or Treat Free Whiskey Fest at Wigle.

Jennifer BaronArts & Entertainment / Jobs Editor

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.