The big but not so bad Wolf!


Warwickshire Telegraph - - DANCE -

A dance group is putting a new twist on the tale of Peter and The Wolf.


SERGEI Prokofiev’s story of Peter and The Wolf has de­lighted au­di­ences world-wide since the 1930s. With it’s now fa­mil­iar score, the story tells of the young Peter who strays from the safety of his grand­fa­ther’s home near a for­est to come face-to-face with a hun­gry wolf.

Some 80 years later, and our views on wildlife and con­ser­va­tion have changed dra­mat­i­cally, prompt­ing CoisCéim Dance The­atre to take a very dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive when it comes to per­form­ing the tale.

“Over many years and af­ter con­vers­ing with my 12 nieces and neph­ews, I found that they have a com­pletely dif­fer­ent view of The Wolf,” ex­plains CoisCéim’s co-founder and artis­tic di­rec­tor David Bol­ger.

“He is no longer an an­i­mal to be feared – as he of­ten is por­trayed in sto­ries such as The Three Lit­tle Pigs or Lit­tle Red Rid­ing Hood – but rather a beau­ti­ful an­i­mal that is now sadly much in dan­ger.”

As a re­sult, di­rec­tor and chore­og­ra­pher David is retelling the story as The Wolf and Peter.

“By flip­ping the ti­tle and al­low­ing The Wolf to be the star I can tell the story from his / her point of view, while be­ing re­spect­ful to the rich­ness of the orig­i­nal story and the mu­sic and dance of the past.”

Be­liev­ing we are nat­u­rally drawn to “dark, mys­te­ri­ous char­ac­ters” – such as The Wolf – David en­joys delv­ing into their psy­che.

“I like to ques­tion why char­ac­ters in the sto­ries are bad. Were they al­ways bad or did some­thing make them turn that way?”

It’s not the first time CoisCéim

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