steampunk rock ballet

Dracula: a new Steampunk Rock Ballet

If you tend to equate Madison Ballet with sugarplum fairies and dancing snowflakes, the company’s latest production will rock you out of any preconceived notions.

Dracula, running March 8–10 at Overture Center, is artistic director W. Earle Smith’s brand-new creation—a seductive, dark, edgy and decidedly adult ballet that melds an intriguing variety of influences, from classic vampire tales to steampunk style to rock and roll.

Smith recently took some time out to discuss the new work.

How did the idea for Dracula come about?

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