NEWS: Northern Ballet’s ‘Dracula’ promises to be a ballet with bite – Cinemas nationwide, 31st October 2019

 

Be enthralled by the dark tale of an enduring horror figure at a live cinema screening of Northern Ballet’s Dracula this Halloween.

Tonight’s performance of the ballet at Leeds Playhouse will be broadcast in cinemas nationwide as an atmospheric alternative to the usual fright night films. Created and choreographed by Northern Ballet’s artistic director David Nixon OBE, this production of Dracula promises to seduce audiences with sensuous dancing, gripping theatre and eerie music.

The gothic narrative follows a series of chilling events that occur when Count Dracula – an elegant and charismatic immortal of the night, who survives by drinking human blood – leaves his native Transylvania and travels to England. This brooding bloodsucker has become obsessed with his barrister Jonathan Harker’s fiancée, Mina Murray. Predictably, once the Count is on Mina’s home turf, he inflicts havoc by terrorising new victims to get close to her.

Amid passion and power struggles, Mina finds herself wavering between remaining virtuous and succumbing to eternity as a vampire. Could Count Dracula really be caught up in an intense search for legitimate love under the cover of darkness, or is he simply a perverted predator biding his time?

Dance lovers seeking a Halloween treat should expect sinister solos and hot-blooded pas de deux scenes as this ballet with bite unfolds.

 

Northern Ballet' Dracula. Javier Torres as Dracula and Abigail Prudames as Mina. Photo by Emma Kauldhar.

 

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NEWS: Happy Halloween, 31st October 2017

 

Feline fun for a Happy Halloween

 

Happy Halloween! It’s the time of year for fancy dress so what better look for me to adopt than that of an elegant black cat?

Ballet Papier artist Berenice created a purrfect picture of me as a black cat for Halloween 2014 and featured my character in a spellbinding video for Halloween 2016.

Inspired by her efforts, I just had to make Halloween 2017 all about being a fabulous feline! What do you think of my Halloween cat costume?

 

Happy Halloween. Georgina Butler dressed as a cat for Halloween.

 

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NEWS: Happy Halloween, 31st October 2016

 

Let your dreams be bigger than your fears this Halloween

 

As darkness falls this evening, it is time to celebrate all things supernatural. While I am not an advocate of too much hocus-pocus and dislike anything very terrifying, the fun costumes and imaginative ideas indulged in at Halloween appeal to me as a dancer and writer.

Ballet Papier artist Berenice always has some magical treats in store for a special occasion and, this year, she has surprised fans with a spellbinding Halloween video. Featuring ballerinas dressed as black cats and a coven of good witches on broomsticks, the mini movie is a sweet spook-tacular.

You’ll be frightfully disappointed if you miss out on viewing her wonderful wizardry – particularly as the film features yours truly, Georgina Butler, as the leading black cat!

 

'The Lead Black Cat' illustration for Georgina Butler by Ballet Papier artist Berenice Bercelli (www.balletpapier.com). An illustration of Georgina dressed in a black tutu costume, black tights and black ballet shoes. She is wearing a black headdress in the shape of cat ears and a black tail can be seen trailing from the back of her tutu. She is standing en pointe on one leg, with her hands and arms covered in long black gloves and held out as if her hands are paws. The purple background of the illustration depicts curtains like those that frame a stage. A line of ballerinas, also dressed as cats, stands behind Georgina, who is centre-stage and dancing in the warm glow of a spotlight. Four bats are flying around above the ballerinas. The words 'Ballet Papier' are written at the top of the illustration.

 

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NEWS: Happy Halloween, 31st October 2014

 

Ballet Papier artist Berenice has been busy once again. Just look at the purrfect picture she has drawn of me dressed as a black cat for Halloween. What a treat!

 

'Happy Halloween' illustration for Georgina Butler by Ballet Papier artist Berenice Bercelli (www.balletpapier.com). An illustration of Georgina dressed in a black tutu costume, black tights and black ballet shoes. She is wearing a black headdress in the shape of cat ears and a black tail can be seen trailing from the back of her tutu. She is standing en pointe on one leg, with her hands and arms covered in long black gloves and held out as if her hands are paws. The purple background of the illustration depicts curtains like those that frame a stage. Five bats are flying around Georgina, who is centre-stage. The words 'Happy Halloween' are written above her head at the top of the illustration.

 

Halloween is the perfect excuse to dress up in a costume and feel supernatural. To celebrate, my latest post for the Ballet Papier blog is all about the superpowers that we ballet dancers share. Happy Halloween!

 

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