With Halloween right around the corner you may be planning ideas on how to participate in the festivities. Along with trick-or-treating, why not consider heading to the theater as well?
Companies around the world are presenting works that celebrate the horror, suspense, and tradition of the macabre. Especially for those neophytes who typically associate ballet with sparkles and tutus, this is a chance to see the darker side of the art, both literally and metaphorically. Rich colors, lustrous scenography, and provocative music (Frank Liszt seems to be a popular composer when it comes to conveying the intense, powerful, and story-telling choreography presented in this genre of show) depart from the sweet romanticism of many other dramatic ballets. Below are some ideas to get you started but feel free to search for other options as perhaps you are not the type who likes to be startled at the ballet.