Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Peter and Wolf opening June 2009

Peter and the Wolf makes part of a bigger Silken Ballets production that includes Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake extracts. These two last pieces will be presented next July, since the animations, costumes and stage design are much more elaborate.

In 1936 Sergei Prokofiev was commissioned by the Central Children's Theatre in Moscow to write a new musical symphony for children. The intent was to cultivate "musical tastes in children from the first years of school". Intrigued by the invitation, Prokofiev completed Peter and the Wolf in just four days.

Each character in the story has a particular instrument and a musical theme.

Prokofiev's story has a rather gruesome ending, with the wolf being killed, but Silken Ballet has chosen a more ecological interpretation, so as to remind everyone of the importance of all species. In this short, one act performance, wolf becomes friends with all the other characters.

We are delighted to introduce the musical interpretation of one of the best flute beatbox musicians, Greg Patillo, who kindly allowed us to use his music.

Artistic direction by Geneta babii and Babette Kaniuk
Technical direction, scripting, building and sculpty masks by Prajna Vella
Costumes were conceived by Ephemera Designs.

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