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 World Premiere 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 dancers (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).