Lisa Starry's A Vampire Tale Delivers Heart-Pounding Halloween Entertainment

Categories: Dance, Review

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The male dancers of the vampire clan.
For a tale about the undead, Lisa Starry's A Vampire Tale certainly does make you feel alive.

From the first scene, filled with discordant pounding drums, Scorpius Dance Theater transports the audience to an almost-scary world of hissing, writhing, and cackling characters. The nearly two-hour show blends classical dance styles with impressive aerial arts and sultry pole dancing to tell the story of an innocent girl's descent into the dark world of vampires.

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Before the performance begins, you'll meet Strange Man, played by either Eric Boudreau or Damon Dering (of Nearly Naked Theatre). As a sort of jester to the vampire court, either actor offers plenty of comic relief throughout the show. At times just the sound of Boudreau's footsteps are enough to make the audience chuckle, while Dering takes the role in a more creepy direction.

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The king vampire, Vicktor, and The Innocent, Eve.
Then the first dance scene brings two corps of female and male dancers to the stage for high energy bursts of floor work-heavy choreography. From costuming to makeup and even in technique, neither group meshed exactly the way you might expect from a professional troupe. But in this case it works in their favor, adding to the realness of the show.

There will be bodies swinging from the ceiling and nearly into the audience's faces as well as a dancer swinging wide over the stage on a rope, making you appreciate the attention to detail required to ensure he doesn't go crashing into the wall.

This is the first season to showcase the talents of aerial pole artists Chase Jarvis and Lindsay Green, who present the first duet of the show. The scantily clad couple swirls around a pole like living art installations, alternating between mind-blowing feats of strength, and graceful, sliding, twisting maneuvers that just might leave you breathless and almost certainly in awe. By the time you meet the Vampire Queen you've already seen the First Encounter, a scene that highlights Alexis Stephens' (who plays Eve, the innocent) classical ballet-based technique as she, still hesitant and slightly afraid at this point, and the king perform a series of impressive lifts and jumps.


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Phoenix Theatre's Little Theatre

100 E. McDowell, Phoenix, AZ

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