MILLEDGEVILLE — The Atlantic City Ballet Theatre (ACBT) will conduct a two-day residency in Milledgeville next month, culminating in a stage performance of “Dracula: The Ballet.”
ACBT will be in Milledgeville Oct. 8 and 9 as part of the Town & Gown arts series. The group’s stay will conclude with a performance of “Dracula” at 8 p.m. in Russell Auditorium.
In addition to the performance, ACBT will conduct a master class for dancers enrolled in the GC Dance Minor Program and two performances for students at Baldwin High School. Eighteen dancers from the GC Dance Minor program will join ACBT on stage for the culminating performance.
“Dracula: The Ballet” premiered in the fall 2006. Phyllis Papa's choreography is based on the story of Bram Stoker's Dracula. The story takes place in 15th Century Eastern Europe when a young lawyer, Jonathan Harker, is captured and imprisoned by Dracula. Inspired by a painting, Dracula goes to London to meet Jonathan's fiancée Mina. While in London, he drains the life of Mina's best friend Lucy Westenera. Dr. Van Helsing leads a crusade to free Mina and the world from Dracula. “Dracula: The Ballet” has been received by sold out audiences over several U.S. tours.
The ACBT is comprised of a culturally diverse corps of 24 versatile dancers from around the world. These exceptional dancers have earned national acclaim for their technical expertise and clarity, exuberant stage presence, and having the required force, delicacy and energy necessary to interpret various musical scores and ultimately deliver performances of exceptional quality. They hail from four continents — North America, Asia, Europe and Australia.
The founder and artistic director of ACBT, Phyllis Papa, began her training at the Royal Ballet Academy. At the age 13, Papa became a charter member of the Princeton Regional Ballet Company. Papa’s professional career continued when American Ballet Theatre invited Miss Papa to join their company and she toured extensively with the company. Papa was later invited to audition for the Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen, Denmark, becoming the first American ever accepted into the company. She was the only foreigner ever to be offered a life-long contract and became well known for her work with them.