Peter and the WolfDance Performance, length 45 min

Peter and the Wolf
Prokofiev's musical tale for narrator and orchestra (1936) is staged as a modern ballet fairy tale, which, instead on relying on realism, rather lays its bets on imagination. It presents a story about a brave boy Peter who likes to play with his friends (a little duck, a bird and a cat) on the meadow that lies in front of his house and close to the forest, until they are all surprised by a wolf, on a minimalist, empty stage, inspired in its visual design by the opus of the famous Russian painter and composer's contemporary Wassily Wassilyevich Kandinsky as well as through painting its scene and atmosphere with powerful colours. Prokofiev composed his work with an original didactic approach - each character of his tale is represented by a corresponding instrument in the orchestra (the little bird by a flute, the duck by an oboe, the cat by a clarinet, the grandfather by a bassoon, the wolf by the horns, the hunters by the wind instruments, the shooting of the hunters by the timpani and Peter by the strings) -, creating it as narrative about the struggle between good and evil. In the tale's original version the hunters take the wolf to a zoo, whereas this version updates the conflict between the domesticated and wild nature into a message about the encounter of the two worlds that are unknown to each other, releasing the wolf to freedom and escorting it back to the forest.
Commission's Argumentation

The ballet fairy tale Peter and the Wolf modernises the meaning and upgrades the presentation of Prokofiev's fairy tale for narrator and orchestra. It shifts the whole story from its realistic illustration and simple didactic purpose, rather addressing the children's imagination with a purified and symbolically distinct language. It turns the stage into a magical lighted scene, imbued with vibrant colours, thoughtfully designing the movements and costumes of individual characters according to their characteristics and sound depiction, whereas the action is firmly led by the central figure of the magician-dwarf narrator. With its coherence of expressive elements and dynamic changing of the gentle and playful interaction between the children's and animal worlds as well as the dramatic tension upon the confrontation with the wolf the performance comes to life as a diverse theatre adventure that lures its viewers to both an emotional and mental dialogue.

Premiere: 21st June 2017
SNT Opera and Ballet Ljubljana
Author: Sergej Sergejevič Prokofjev
Choreographed and Directed by: Ivan Peternelj
Performed by: Filippo Jorio/ Owen Lane/Richèl Wieles, Hugo Mbeng/ Yujin Muraishi/ Filip Viljušić, Tomaž Horvat/Yuki Seki, Barbara Potokar/Mariša Nač/Urša Vidmar/Mateja Železnik, Elli Purkunen/Sorina Dimache/Metka Beguš/Mateja Železnik, Chie Kato/Marin Ino/Tasja Šarler, Ioan Alexandru Barbu, Cosmin Agavriloaei, Goran Tatar/ Filip Viljušić, Gaj Rudolf, Ivan Greguš, Gregor Guštin
Narrated by: Vito Weis
Adaptation and Dramaturgy: Jana Pavlič
Conductor: Aleksandar Spasić
Set and Costume Design: Barbara Stupica
Lighting Design: Jaka Šimenc
Language Coaching: Maja Cerar
Concertmaster: Gregor Traven
Assistant to Conductor and Second Conductor: Mojca Lavrenčič
Performance Assistant: Georgeta Capraroui