Artistic Director, Aurélien Scannella returns to the stage as Old Dracula this September.
West Australian Ballet’s Artistic Director, Aurélien Scannella returns to the stage as Old Dracula this September.
After a 10 year absence, West Australian Ballet’s Artistic Director, Aurélien Scannella, will be returning to the stage to perform the role of Old Dracula in the Company’s upcoming season of Dracula.
Choreographer of Dracula, Krzysztof Pastor, revealed his thought process behind the casting stating, “I wanted Old Dracula to have a certain patriarchal presence so it seemed only fitting that Aurélien would dance this role.”
After a 10 year break from performing as a Principal Dancer in several countries around Europe, Aurélien has been back dancing alongside his Company in the studios to get into peak condition for the role.
Scannella explains there was extra motivation for him to make it back to the stage for Dracula. “When I was still dancing in Europe, I had always dreamed of working with Krzysztof however our paths never crossed. But because life is full of surprises, my dream unexpectedly came true here in Perth in 2018 thanks to West Australian Ballet! It will be such a privilege to perform on stage with my dancers in this iconic adrenaline-filled role in front of our beloved Perth public”. Scannella has been humbled by the experience to return to the stage, “This return to the stage after 10 years is a great challenge, but to be challenged is the only way to move forward and to get better”.
Aurélien joined West Australian Ballet as Artistic Director in 2013, quickly becoming popular with patrons. Since 2013 Aurélien has worked to increase the number of dancers in the Company from 29 Dancers (including 4 Young Artists) to 37 Dancer (including 6 Young Artists). His focus as Artistic Director has been to expand West Australian Ballet’s repertoire. While with WAB, Aurélien has brought 10 new ballets and 16 new contemporary short works into the Company’s repertoire including Box Office favourite The Nutcracker (2016).
This emphasis on performing new world-class ballets has been a main motivation behind West Australian Ballet’s production of Dracula. In a major coup, West Australian Ballet have been working in close collaboration with one of the world’s most highly awarded and exciting choreographers. With more than 50 ballet works to his name, Krzysztof Pastor is a major force in the ballet world.
Returning to WAB for this collaboration are the highly awarded costume and set design team Charles Cusick Smith and Phil R Daniels (costumes and sets for WAB’s The Nutcracker in 2016) and respected Lighting Designer Jon Buswell.
One of the highlights of the production will also be the dramatic score, which features many of the pieces used in the 1992 film Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and will be performed live by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra under the instruction of acclaimed Canadian Conductor, Judith Yan.
The score has been composed by Wojciech Kilar (who also composed the score for the film, Bram Stoker’s Dracula), and was only adapted slightly to fit with the choreography. The arrangement of Kilar’s work has been meticulously created by WAB Music Coordinator Michael Brett based on the storyline created by Dramaturge Pawel Chynowski.
6 – 22 September 2018
His Majesty’s Theatre
See Aurélien Scannella in select performances of Dracula – dates available here
*Casting subject to change without notice.
Dracula is a co-production between West Australian Ballet and Queensland Ballet.
Please be advised that Dracula contains adult themes.
In Association With
Choreographer: Krzysztof Pastor
Sets & Costumes: Phil R. Daniels & Charles Cusick Smith
Lighting: Jon Buswell
Dramaturge: Pawel Chynowski
Music: Wojciech Kilar
Musical Arrangement: Michael Brett
Conductor: Judith Yan
Artistic Director: Aurélien Scannella
For further information please contact:
Rosita Stangl, Publicist
West Australian Ballet
Ph: 9367 8884 or