Catch this tiger’s tale

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stage - Tanya MacNaughton

A TIGER from Scot­land will en­ter­tain au­di­ences in Perth this week when Glas­gow-based dance theatre com­pany Bar­row­land Bal­let presents Tiger Tale at the Awe­some In­ter­na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val for Bright Young Things.

Bar­row­land Bal­let artis­tic di­rec­tor and Tiger Tale chore­og­ra­pher Natasha Gil­more founded the con­tem­po­rary dance com­pany 10 years ago with her be­lief that dance was for ev­ery­body, and said she was de­lighted and ridicu­lously over-ex­cited to be in Aus­tralia for the first time.

“We have had the plea­sure of tak­ing Tiger Tale to dif­fer­ent coun­tries around the world,” Gil­more said.

“It is al­ways thrilling to see how dif­fer­ent chil­dren re­spond due to cul­tural con­text but also to be re­minded of the uni­ver­sal­ity of us all as hu­mans.”

Gil­more, orig­i­nally from London, was in­spired to cre­ate the show for ages seven years and older af­ter read­ing Ju­dith Kerr’s 1968 pic­ture book The Tiger Who Came to Tea to her chil­dren.

“I be­gan to re­flect on how my adult eyes per­ceived things so dif­fer­ently, look­ing for metaphors of a more cyn­i­cal world,” she said. “I thought of my­self as rel­a­tively open-minded but in com­par­i­son to my chil­dren, who are still so non-judg­men­tal, I re­alise I am not. This re­ally in­trigued me.”

Tiger Tale tells of a fam­ily who, with­out know­ing how it hap­pened, have stopped com­mu­ni­cat­ing and lov­ing one an­other.

The mother is too busy mak­ing the home per­fectly clean rather that re­ally see­ing her daugh­ter and play­ing with her.

The par­ents want to ad­dress the prob­lems they have but do not know how.

“They have be­come trapped in their re­al­ity un­til one day a tiger ar­rives and through his provo­ca­tion, helps them re­dis­cover their love for one an­other,” Gil­more said.

“It is very vis­ceral and im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ence where the au­di­ence sit on all four sides around the ac­tion so they are al­ways up close.

“I love the end of the show when the chil­dren are in­vited into the space to play with the cast and go on their own adventure.”

Bar­row­land Bal­let’s Tiger Tale.

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