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Blood, Swords, and the Ballet Theatre of Indiana

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Blood, Swords, and the Ballet Theatre of Indiana

On Thursday, Oct. 25, photographer Lora Olive and I went to see a rehearsal of Ballet Theatre of Indiana’s Dracula at the Village Dance Studio in Whitestown. 

It was a wet run, as it were, with plenty of fake blood spouting all over the place.

In addition to the blood, there was on-pointe-athleticism, neck fetish sexuality, and swordplay. The blades were blunted, of course, but you wouldn’t want to be hit by one of those things.   

I asked artistic director Stirling Matheson if there had been any changes in this latest Dracula production. The last Dracula was at the Athenaeum, in 2017.

“We acquired the Dracula sets and costumes from Bay Pointe Ballet’s production, when that company folded about a year and a half ago,” he said. “We've sort of made a hybrid of the two productions that will be much more lavish and more detailed since last time.” 

Their performance will take place Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 at the Tarkington Civic Theatre at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel.  (Click here for tickets and more information.)

In the future you just may get to see Ballet Theatre of Indiana (BTI) in their own performance space.

Artistic Director Stirling Matheson (right) shows them how it's done

Artistic Director Stirling Matheson (right) shows them how it's done

Back in Aug., during their annual benefit dinner, BTI and Northgate Redevelopment Group signaled their objective to buy four acres at the northeast corner of Old Meridian and Main street in Carmel and build a facility there.

BTI’s home is slated to be the crown jewel in this brand-new mixed-use development. BTI’s home will include rehearsal, office, and performance space.  

“The idea is to create a space that is both profitable and interesting and makes sense to investors,” said Matheson. “And then it will support not just the ballet company but other arts organizations that will be housed in the building.”

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Writer Arts, Faith & Equity

Having lived and worked in Indy on and off since 1977, and currently living in Carmel, I've seen the city change a great deal. I love covering the arts in all its forms, and the places where the arts and broader cultural issues intersect.

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