The Wolf and Peter: New twist on classic children's tale
The MAC Theatre, Belfast
Children and adults alike were gripped as Dublin's CoisCéim Dance Theatre company brought its unique take on Peter and the Wolf to Belfast's Mac.
Under the subtly reworded title The Wolf and Peter, this new imagining of Sergei Prokofiev's classic musical story is told through the eyes of the mammal.
To a live piano score by Conor Linehan, the action unfolded on an eerily lit stage set that had imaginatively recreated the magical woods of Prokofiev's tale. Peter was brought to life by the award-winning German dancer Ivonne Kalter. Her character encountered a dinner jacket-sporting cockerel, a PVC-clad duck and a playful black cat, each one of them proving a feast for the eyes. All the animals' costumes were fantastic, but the star of the show was surely Mateusz Szczerek's trilby-wearing, break-dancing wolf, who had the children in the crowd enraptured and maybe even a little frightened.
Peter's interaction with the imposing predator and the pursuing huntsmen added a moralistic dimension to proceedings, ensuring The Wolf and Peter stimulated the brain cells as well as dazzled the eyes. CoisCéim's show cleverly mixed Prokofiev's timeless themes with the best of contemporary performance to create a show that audiences are sure to eat up.