Dune the Ballet

Frank Herbert’s “Dune” is said to be the best-selling science fiction novel of all time. As the inspiration behind countless films, books, games, etc., it might also be the most culturally influential science fiction novel ever. (If you’re not convinced, revisit Fatboy Slim’s 2001 hit 'Weapon of Choice.') Still, ballet might be uncharted territory here. Katie Vaught of Vaught Contemporary Ballet has choreographed a piece that follows Paul through his many tribulations. It will feature parts of the soundtrack from David Lynch’s 1984 film adaptation scored by Toto, as well as tracks from 2013 documentary “Jodorowsky’s Dune.” Though it is meant to stand alone as a ballet and to be accessible to anyone, those who have read the novel will understand the plotline clearly and pick up on references to the book. For those unfamiliar with “Dune,” there is still time to tackle its 412 pages—or you can just see the ballet. 7- 8 p.m. July 15, Baltimore Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St., (410) 539-3091, artscape.org, free. (Mia Capobianco)

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