Bringing the best of Poe's poetry alive with the art of Dance! 

Latin Ballet of Virginia presents a dance tribute inspired by the life and works of Edgar Allen Poe. Featuring performances based on the following:

All excerpts written by: Edgar Allan Poe
All Photos taken by: Mia Artz Photography

EL DORADO

inspired by one of the most significant legends of Latino America!

Gaily bedight,
A gallant knight,
In sunshine and in shadow,
Had journeyed long,
Singing a song, In search of Eldorado.

 Photo by:  Mia Artz Photography

THE RAVEN

One of Poe's best known and most loved poems

Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing, 

Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before; 

But the silence was unbroken, and the stillness gave no token, 

And the only word there spoken was the whispered word, “Lenore?” 

This I whispered, and an echo murmured back the word, “Lenore!”— 

Merely this and nothing more.

helen

TO HELEN

the first poem written by Poe at the age of 11, in honor of the mother of his best friend.

Helen, thy beauty is to me  
Like those Nicéan barks of yore, 
That gently, o'er a perfumed sea, 
The weary, way-worn wanderer bore To his own native shore. 

 
lee

ANNABEL LEE

To his lovely wife Virginia

And this was the reason that, long ago, 
In this kingdom by the sea, 
A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling
My beautiful Annabel Lee; 
So that her highborn kinsmen came
And bore her away from me, 
To shut her up in a sepulchre
In this kingdom by the sea. 

paradise

TO ONE IN PARADISE

ABOUT THE GRIEF AND DESPAIR THAT POE EXPERIENCED

And all my days are trances, 
And all my nightly dreams
Are where thy grey eye glances, 
And where thy footstep gleams— 
In what ethereal dances, 
By what eternal streams.

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A DREAM WITHIN A DREAM

About the reflection of life at its end...like a dream

Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?  
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.