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WA Bal­let dancer Ca­rina Roberts has added to her re­sume by danc­ing Mina in the world pre­miere of neo­clas­si­cal bal­let Drac­ula.

WHEN 23-year-old WA Bal­let dancer Ca­rina Roberts was el­e­vated to demisoloist on clos­ing night of the La Syl­phide sea­son in June, she hoped the pro­mo­tion would lead to danc­ing “more won­der­ful roles” with her home­town com­pany – and it has.

The WAAPA grad­u­ate, who joined WA Bal­let in 2015 af­ter im­press­ing artis­tic di­rec­tor Aure­lien Scan­nella while he judged a Royal Academy of Dance com­pe­ti­tion, is adding to her role re­sume by danc­ing Mina in the world pre­miere of neo­clas­si­cal bal­let Drac­ula.

“I start off as Drac­ula’s lover El­iz­a­beth in the pro­logue, which hap­pens about 200 years ear­lier,” Roberts said.

“Drac­ula is about to go off to fight at war and El­iz­a­beth is dis­traught that he’s go­ing away. She hears news that he’s been killed, which is un­true, but be­cause of it she de­cides to take her life.

“Mina, who I am for the rest of the bal­let, is kind of her rein­car­nate. Drac­ula falls in love with her and although Mina is in love with her fi­ance Jonathan, Drac­ula in­trigues her.

“I en­joy hav­ing such a rich char­ac­ter to dance be­cause it gives some­thing else to the move­ment; it’s not just bal­let. It’s the­atri­cal, emo­tional and still beau­ti­fully tech­ni­cal with all these amaz­ing cos­tumes and sets.”

Roberts said she watched 1992 film Bram

Stoker’s Drac­ula to pre­pare for re­hearsals with Pol­ish guest chore­og­ra­pher Krzysztof Pas­tor.

“Krzysztof’s chore­og­ra­phy is su­per-smooth and just feels so won­der­ful to dance,” she said.

“I think the fact that it is such a dra­matic story with so many char­ac­ters, it’s go­ing to come alive on stage. No one will ever be bored be­cause there’s so much to take in, with lots of scene changes and dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions.”

Two au­di­ence mem­bers who cer­tainly never tire of see­ing Roberts per­form, in­clud­ing her roles as Clara in The Nutcracker and Tinker­bell in Peter Pan, are her par­ents Louise and Brett, who both danced for WA Bal­let in the late 1980s to early 1990s.

“They’ve al­ways been su­per sup­port­ive,” she said.

Pic­ture: Andrew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d485541

Ca­rina Roberts as Mina and Matt Lehmann play­ing the tit­u­lar role in Drac­ula.

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