Saturday’s performance of “Forgotten Fairy Tales” at the Miller Center for the Arts consisted of two originally choreographed works that tell the story of the fairy tales, “Red Rose & Snow White” and “A Ballerina’s Tale.” Both featured enchanting storylines and elegant scenes choreographed by Nathan Bland, Berks Ballet Theatre’s resident choreographer.
“Red Rose & Snow White” is an original adaptation based on The Brothers Grimm fairy tale, the ballet excerpt tells the story of Red Rose and Snow White, two sisters on a journey through an enchanted forest. As the sisters make their way through the forest, woodland creatures dance and delight, and flowers come to life.
“A Ballerina’s Tale” is an original work that brings to life a scene from an Edgar Degas-inspired painting. Still dancers donning flowering tutus awaken to express the beauty of ballet through sumptuous movement and a French impressionist motif.
“We were so happy to return to the Miller Center for the company’s Spring Performance — We haven’t had the pleasure of performing here since 2019!” said Nathan Bland, Owner, Director of Berks Ballet Theatre Conservatory of Dance.
“It’s always fun to take a story like Red Rose & Snow White and create movement so that the audience can interpret the story without words.”
The afternoon kicked off with a pre-performance party, treating area kids to themed snacks, crafts, and a special dancer meet and greet.
“Another beautiful element of BBT’s return to the Miller Center was being able to host a pre-performance party again! It’s such a fun way for kids and parents to interact with the dancers as well as each other. When they are watching the performance they have a connection to those dancers which I believe allows them to enjoy the performance even more!” said Bland.