Wonderbound: 'A Gothic Folktale'


By Lauren Archuletta

An “overlooked” janitor dances his way into a magical love story in Wonderbound’s A Gothic Folktale, a circus-themed production from 2013 that’s being brought back to kick off the company’s new season. “This is a collaboration between contemporary ballet and Jesse Manley’s folk-rock score,” says Amber Blais, communications manager for Wonderbound. “Additionally, we have an illusionist, Professor Phelyx, who provides an interactive experience for the audience. We’ve added new illusions and updated choreography to this performance as well.”

Wonderbound dancers Amy Giammarrusco and Evan Flood with Professor Phelyx in Garrett Ammon's A Gothic Folktale with Jesse Manley and His Band. Photo by Amanda Tipton. 2011

A Gothic Folktale is unique, she explains, because while there is no narration, the illusions and dance vignettes give the audience a “peek behind the curtain” at the more human aspects of the show. “Another interesting aspect is that all of the characters are influenced by the tarot,” she adds.

A Gothic Folktale shows at 7:30 p.m. October 22 and 2 p.m. October 23 at the Parker Arts, Culture and Events Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue in Parker. Tickets start at $22; visit wonderbound.com for more information.