The big but not so bad Wolf!
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