Looking for something different to do on Halloween? It’s the perfect weekend for the world premiere of Cincinnati Ballet Associate Artistic Director Devon Carney’s Dracula at the Aronoff Center. The production is based on the famed Bram Stoker novel that Carney mentions has never been out of print since its original 1887 publication. Literary works form the narrative basis for ballets frequently enough, but because the book is largely comprised of letters and journal entries, it presents extra challenges.
Still, Carney says he leapt at this opportunity to choreograph his first full-length ballet. “It was a no-brainer,” Carney says of the opportune timing. Speaking of timing, he says it took him “about a second” to agree to do it. Why Dracula? “He’s one of the ultimate bad-guy characters of all time.” Replete with brand-new costumes created by the Ballet’s in-house studio and adapted sets originally from BalletMet in Columbus, the ballet promises to be visually lavish in its sweeping gothic drama and technically demanding — even thrilling — choreography. $21-$73. Additional performances 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday.