Peterborough Dance Theatre readies to share the stage with Recycled Percussion this Saturday

  • The Peterborough Dance Theatre has been invited to perform with Recycled Percussion on Saturday, Jan. 11 at the Colonial Theater in Keene. Staff photo by Tim Goodwin—

  • The Peterborough Dance Theatre has been invited to perform with Recycled Percussion on Saturday, Jan. 11 at the Colonial Theater in Keene. Staff photo by Tim Goodwin—

  • The Peterborough Dance Theatre has been invited to perform with Recycled Percussion on Saturday, Jan. 11 at the Colonial Theater in Keene. Staff photo by Tim Goodwin—

  • The Peterborough Dance Theatre has been invited to perform with Recycled Percussion on Saturday, Jan. 11 at the Colonial Theater in Keene. Staff photo by Tim Goodwin—

  • Peterborough Dance Theatre owner Pati Cloutier puts her performance company through a rehearsal on Friday for its routine as part of Recycled Percussion’s Saturday night show at the Colonial Theater in Keene. Staff photos by Tim Goodwin

  • The Peterborough Dance Theatre has been invited to perform with Recycled Percussion on Saturday, Jan. 11 at the Colonial Theater in Keene. Staff photo by Tim Goodwin—

  • The Peterborough Dance Theatre will perform with Recycled Percussion on Saturday at the Colonial Theater in Keene. Staff photo by Tim Goodwin

  • The Peterborough Dance Theatre has been invited to perform with Recycled Percussion on Saturday, Jan. 11 at the Colonial Theater in Keene. Staff photo by Tim Goodwin—

  • The Peterborough Dance Theatre has been invited to perform with Recycled Percussion on Saturday, Jan. 11 at the Colonial Theater in Keene. Staff photo by Tim Goodwin—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 1/8/2020 11:01:59 AM

Pati Cloutier figured it was at least worth a shot. But even Cloutier will be the first to admit she wasn’t holding her breath that her Peterborough Dance Theatre would be selected to be on stage during one of Recycled Percussion’s winter tour dates.

Yet she filled out the application, complete with a video from the company’s original percussion-based dance piece at the Peterborough Players, I Want to Make Noise.

That was late November and by early December, Cloutier received word that her studio had been chosen to perform with the New Hampshire-founded group at the Colonial Theatre on Saturday.

“We were the only dance studio chosen as part of that show,”Cloutier said. “And we got lucky that we have the local show.”

Cloutier said she thought it would be a good fit because of the studio’s percussion dance program, but admits she didn’t know much about what Recycled Percussion did.

But dancers Mary Visingard, Aria Frehner and Mackenzie Roy all did.

Visingard and Frehner saw the group when they came to ConVal High School in Peterborough and Roy actually performed during one of their shows last year as a member of NHDI.

Roy said the experience of performing alongside Recycled Percussion last year “was really cool.”

“They’re just so energetic and it was so much fun to have that energy around you,” she said. “It’s an amazing feeling to be on stage with them.”

Visingard said the preparation time is shorter, so there is more of an emphasis on paying attention to the details.

“You go into it with an open mind and you have to be ready,” she said. “I’m really excited, it seems like a really great opportunity.”

Frehner didn’t know much about the group before the ConVal performance, but she left with a good impression. As the first person on stage and the one to set the tone for the dance, Frehner, a junior at ConVal, is looking forward to the chance.

“We’ve never done a show where we share the stage with another group of people,” Frehner said.

The excitement quickly transitioned to preparation. With the holidays coming and availability limited, Cloutier had to create a choreographed number to the track “Still Feel” by Half Alive. For Cloutier, it’s a different approach as she’s used to picking her own music, but when Recycled Percussion sends you music to dance to, you figure out a way to do it.

“They saw what we did and I guess they felt it would be a good match,” Cloutier said.

So Cloutier spent the rest of December preparing the moves, and the studio’s performing company got to work on learning the details last week. Cloutier wanted to make it both exciting and easy to grasp and remember.

“We don’t know much about a lot of our dances before we get into it,” Frehner said. “So this isn’t that crazy of a thought, but we only have a few rehearsals to learn a dance and perform it.”

The rehearsals for the performance consisted of two, five-hour sessions last Friday and Saturday and they will have a final session on Saturday before the 7:30 p.m. show.

The song is three minutes and 20 seconds long, but Cloutier isn’t sure where it will land in the Saturday night show. They’ll find that out during a run through of the performance at the Colonial.

What will be unique is that the dancers will come out of the crowd to take their spots in a 24 foot by 12 foot section of the stage in what Cloutier compared to a flash mob style.

There will 20 dancers in all ranging from ages 10 to 17.

“These are the dancers that are very dedicated and want to pursue more performance opportunities,” Cloutier said. “And it’s just a unique opportunity for the studio to have that exposure.”

The Peterborough Dance Theatre will be part of the 7:30 p.m. show on Saturday, Jan. 11. A limited number of tickets were still available as of Wednesday. There will also be shows on Friday at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday at 12:30 and 4 p.m.

Visit https://tickets.thecolonial.org for availability and cost.


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