WEST HARTFORD — Stephanie Dattellas knows her favorite part of performances.
The artistic director of the West Hartford-based Ballet Theatre Company will usually be in the lighting or sound booths with a headset, through which she’ll hear a command from the stage manager: “House, go.”
The room’s lights fade and the audience settles, their chatter dissipating.
She listens, trying to hear the breath of a dancer waiting in the wings coming from the stage manager’s headset.
“And that type of feeling, that energy, is unlike anything else,” she said.
She’s thankful they’ve been able to perform and have it shown in a digital manner, but she said “there’s nothing like live theater.”
Virtual options offer their own opportunities, too. The company has two productions that have either been recently released or are somewhat soon to be released — “Budding Affairs” and “Snow White.”
“Budding Affairs” came out Saturday, while “Snow White” will come out June 12, Dattellas said.
Although she has had experience adapting “when the world changed” for the company’s fall season, Dattellas said she took on a different challenge in the spring by “turning a full-length classical ballet into a live action film.”
“Going from creating a classical ballet production and then taking that and adapting it for film has been incredibly daunting, and more work than I have ever imagined it to be,” she said.
The task included aspects such as choreographing the whole “Snow White” ballet, compiling “a composition of musical selections,” incorporating the show’s cast — which includes guest dancers from the Dance Theatre of Harlem, and students in the School of Ballet Theatre Company — as well as filming and editing, according to Dattellas.
The show is expected to feature locations in different parts of the state, including East Granby’s Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine and Litchfield’s Topsmead State Forest.
The styles are distinct from “Snow White” to “Budding Affairs” — Dattellas said “Budding Affairs” is “more of a neoclassical style dance.”
“The piece itself is actually a direct response to my personal reflections during my time in quarantine,” she said.
She hopes that the piece “captivates the hopefulness that’s in this, in the air with getting through what has been, for all of us, probably the most difficult year to date.”
“To me when I watch it, I think about relationships that are important and of value to me, and it brings up a series of wonderful memories,” she said.
For those interested in watching the virtual productions, there’s a tab for purchasing tickets at www.dancebtc.org/. Based on a per household price for the digital performances, it costs $15 to watch “Budding Affairs” and $35 to watch “Snow White” virtually.
“Snow White” is also expected to be screened outside on June 11-12 at the Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine, where attendees would be able to watch the show on a big screen, tour the mine, view the film set as well as meet the characters, Dattellas said.
For those showings, Dattellas expected crowds would be capped at 100 people. She said there would be separate ticket prices for adults and children.