Eddie Kidd gives Amelia Hillman a scare in “Salem,” last year’s spooky production from Ballet Des Moines. Photo: Jami Milne
In a really good book, the characters seem to leap off the page. That’s what Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde will do, quite literally, when Ballet Des Moines presents the world premiere of “Jekyll and Hyde” this weekend at the Temple Theater. Choreographed by Tom Mattingly, the company’s artistic director, the new ballet offers a fresh spin on the Gothic tale of good and evil that Robert Louis Stevenson published in 1886.
The company’s website features forensic-style mugshots of the cast with roles that hint at the horrors to come and will surely burnish the dancers’ resumes: Hyde’s First Victim, Hyde’s Second Victim and Snake Oil Salesman. You can still buy tickets online … if you dare.