The Berthoud dance company performs “An obscure fairy tale”
Do you like a good fairy tale reminiscent of childhood, do you like ballet and do you like going to a performance?
Berthoud Dance Co. is adding a twist that combines all three to its student showcase this year with “An Obscure Fairytale,” a world-first original piece written by the company’s artistic director and one of the students.
“It’s a story about the forest and all the creatures in it, the nymphs, the fairies and the goblins, and the woodcutters who work in the forest,” said David Mineo, artistic director of Berthoud Dance Co. and co-writer of the screenplay with Karissa. Fidler, a 2021 Loveland High School graduate.
The show will be presented in two one-hour performances on Saturday and Sunday at the Rialto Theater in Loveland. The show’s 50 performers will showcase what they’ve learned in the dance company’s beginner to advanced classes performing ballet, hip-hop, contemporary and Irish dance. Mineo developed the performers’ choreography with Molly Dowell-Weaver, dance teacher and choreographer.
“It’s the different styles we teach. We try to involve all classes,” Mineo said.
Mineo and Fidler came up with the show’s name when Mineo asked Fidler to research obscure fairy tales, and she suggested it for the title. The show’s timeline spans three days and three nights as the loggers come to work and return home.
“The Woods Keeper is getting upset because people are cutting down his trees,” Mineo said. “The loggers get caught and eventually released and repent to the keeper of the woods. There’s a happy ending, but it’s just a story about how we’ve decimated our forests over the years.
The story has elements of Indian folklore and a strong message about saving the planet, Mineo said. The Lumberjacks are performed by Spoke N Motion Dance, a wheelchair dance company from Denver.
“It’s not a conference, but you see what happens,” Mineo said. “It’s about protecting our planet and how fragile and precious Mother Earth is.”
The staging will consist of trees and a garden, and the score sheet will have a dozen songs.
“I’m very happy with the music and the choreography, the way this piece came together,” Mineo said. “He has a good message about the earth and how we should take care of it.”
There will be live music before the show presented by Lenny Good Trio with guest artist Kwami Barnett, Principal Chair Clarinet with the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra.
Both performances of the show will be on January 22 at 7:30 p.m. and January 23 at 1 p.m. at the Rialto Theater, 228 E. Fourth St. Tickets are $17 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. They can be purchased at www.theatercenter.org or by calling 970-962-2120.
For more details on Berthoud Dance Co., visit www.berthouddancecompany.com.