The Daily Camera featured a story on the Broomfield ballet company, which has been touring local schools with a performance of Allison Flannery’s children’s book In the Hall of the Mountain King, illustrated by Vesper Stamper. The show–and the story–is a huge hit, receiving excellent reviews from its elementary school audience: “‘They were really great,’ said second-grader Grace Thornton. ‘They went on adventures.'”
The Student Company toured a dozen elementary schools over two days, including two schools in Boulder Valley, with a performance based on the orchestral music “In the Hall of the Mountain King” from the Norwegian play “Peer Gynt.” There were six dancers in each cast, with a total of three casts.
The piece is a collaboration with Colorado Springs teacher and author, Allison Flannery. Flannery created the story as a teaching tool for her kindergarten students to explore Edvard Grieg’s score for “Peer Gynt.”
Later, at the request of one of her students, she had the story published by Samzidat Publishing Group. It’s from that illustrated book that Camcie Foster, Colorado Conservatory of Dance’s Student Company associate director, based her choreography. The mobile, two-sided backdrops also are based on the book’s illustrations.
“We were really inspired by her book and the way she’s able to bring music to life,” Wilkinson Manley said.
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