Choreographer Lisa Starry prides herself on the suggestive, sexy appeal of A Vampire Tale, Scorpius Dance Theatre’s trademark autumn production. Each season, Starry changes costumes and choreography. In 2012 she successfully took Vampire Tale to England’s Bram Stoker International Film Festival.
This year’s updated version (on stage through October 19) also features more goth rock music by local composer Kristofer Hill, 28 dancers, and a new aerial pole routine, but the most significant milestone is the impending retirement of Lisa’s husband, the originator of the lead male role.
For ten years David Starry has performed as Victor, the Vampire King, partnering Nicole Olson in the role of the Queen. His character also seduces a young female dancer known as Eve, or The Innocent.
These performances find Starry dividing the role with Billie-Joe “J.” Bouey. “A dancer’s body has an expiration date,” explains Starry, “and this is a good time to pass the torch on to another Scorpius dancer.”
Meanwhile, The Movement Source Dance Company offers an alternative Halloween-themed show at monOrchid Gallery on October 26 & 27. Led by director and founding member Mary Anne Fernandez-Herding, who chairs the dance department at Xavier College Preparatory, Movement Source performs Danse Macabre, described as “unsettling music, movement, and illusion.”
If you go:
- A Vampire Tale
Scorpius Dance Theatre
Through October 19 at Phoenix Little Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd.
602-254-2151 or www.scorpiusdance.com
Discounted tickets available for patrons in vampire costume
- Danse Macabre
The Movement Source Dance Company
October 26-27 at monOrchid, 214 E. Roosevelt St.
602-957-6561 or www.movementsourcedancecompany.org