Syracuse City Ballet’s Production of“Dracula” Takes The Stage

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A story of love, loss, and redemption: Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” is now adapted to ballet, and is coming to Syracuse’s Oncenter on October 25th and 26th.

Since 1897, Stoker’s original book has influenced horror authors, film makers, and art in general. Since the novel’s initial release, the character of Dracula has been placed in many pieces of art, from video games to movies. For the first time in ten years, the Syracuse City Ballet will perform the popular thriller in ballet form.

“The dancers are taking, transcending dance to amazing art form. The passion, sensuality, the quality of the dancing; you just have to see it,” said Kathleen Rathburn, Syracuse City Ballet Artistic Director.

Isaac Lee is a dancer in the company and is playing Dracula in the production. The role is a challenge but the process has been fun, he said.

“It took a lot … it’s a very complex character, for sure. I watched the original 1993 film, ‘The Bram Stoker’s Dracula,’ of course, multiple times. Just to kind of get in that mind set,” Lee said. “We have a really small company and Syracuse City Ballet is really putting on a good show for themselves.”

On the website, it’s recommended that nobody under the age of 12 attend; this is because they don’t want to hold back the scary scenes in the ballet.

Dracula is at the Syracuse Oncenter October 25th and October 26th. To purchase tickets, or get more information, visit

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