News: National / Local News

Dark new ‘Dracula’ drinks the blood of ballerinas

March 9, 2013 National / Local News

Sex, sweat and camp mingle onstage this weekend in Madison Ballet’s new production of “Dracula,” a stylized vampire story that puts a swivel in the hips of the dancers. With an electrified score by Michael Massey that recalls his days as a rock band frontman and sensuous choreography by artistic director W. Earle Smith, “Dracula”   More

Madison Ballet stages ‘Dracula’ with Original Rock Score

March 7, 2013 National / Local News

Madison Ballet’s newest work steps about as far away from sugar plums and snowflakes as it’s possible to go. With a pounding rock score, sensual, contemporary movement and an undead protagonist who preys upon the living, “Dracula” marks a movement toward the mature that has been a long time coming for the 30-year-old company. “‘Dracula’   More

Symphony breathes life into Madison Ballet’s beautiful ‘Nutcracker’

December 16, 2012 National / Local News

Madison Ballet‘s annual production of “The Nutcracker” has gone without live music for the past three years, a cut made in part to keep the company solvent. This year, blessedly, an orchestra returns, a subset of the Madison Symphony Orchestra — 43 players, roughly half the usual number — led by maestro John DeMain. The   More

New Life for the undead at Madison Ballet

October 29, 2012 National / Local News

Want to know Earle Smith’s true identity? Think “Dracula.” Not in the legendary-vampire sense. In the rock ballet sense. Smith, the artistic director of Madison Ballet, is in full-throttle creation mode with his dark new sexy, high-volume creation, a work that could redefine his ballet company when the show premieres in Overture Hall next March.   More