Catch this tiger’s tale
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.