Premier Ballet's Dracula
John Valdez, PPAG Reviewer
When Bram Stoker wrote his Gothic Novel “Dracula” back in 1897 he might never have pictured his story done on a stage full of graceful ballet dancers. However, I’m guessing he would have been greatly pleased with the Premier Ballet’s production. The sparse Friday night crowd filling the Central High School auditorium was very excited, this despite the confusion regarding the assigned seating. Even the poor ushers seemed to struggle to know which row was which. But that was all forgotten once the lights came down and the music began.
Pueblo’s newest and brightest dance company took the stage, and as expected with ballet the audience was transfixed and pulled into a different world where words are not needed. In fact words would diminish the beauty. The first act consisted of four sweet and simple dances where the dancers were able to show their talents with a variety of music and choreography. The standouts were of course the two founders Misha and Melian Izotova. Their opening number Tarantella was beautiful and set the stage for a great night of dance. The rest of the troop was in top form. The lovely and graceful ladies, Emma Thomas, Hayley Pantleo, and Reyna Ramirez and the men David Benavidez, Tim Grayson, and Matthias Schricker all rounded out the performance with amazing skill and talent.
After a short intermission where this reviewer had some very tasty chocolate chip cookies the crowd returned to their seats for the main show. The show choreographed by Misha and arranged by Colin Scott was slated as “A horror in three scenes.” It was a wonderful event. The very talented quartet of strings begins with the outstanding overture. Then the show went full throttle. The amazing thing that ballet can do that very few other dances can do is to tell a story through movement and music alone. Even the young six-year-old boy in front of me was able to follow the plot. I am thinking because he didn’t have to hear a slew of words he didn’t understand.
My favorite character in Dracula has always been Renfield. To me this role requires a certain talent and skill that few can pull off. Timothy Grayson pulled it off in terrific style. The performance was outstanding Misha as the count was moving and exciting to watch. However, as always the most thrilling and beautiful dancer of the night was the brilliantly talented Melian. Her grace and beauty are unmatched, and her movements make any dance special and a true joy to behold. Overall the show was outstanding and all in attendance enjoyed themselves greatly. Please make an effort to see the second performance of this outstanding show Saturday the 13th at 7pm at Central High School; you will be very glad you did.