Barrowland Ballet’s Tiger Tale to sound an Awesome roar


Barrowland Ballet’s Tiger Tale.
Barrowland Ballet’s Tiger Tale.

A TIGER from Scotland will be entertaining audiences this week in Perth when Glasgow-based dance theatre company Barrowland Ballet presents Tiger Tale at the Awesome International Arts Festival for Bright Young Things.

Barrowland Ballet artistic director and Tiger Tale choreographer Natasha Gilmore founded the contemporary dance company 10 years ago with her belief that dance was for every body and said she was delighted and ridiculously overexcited to be in Australia for the first time.

“We have had the pleasure of taking Tiger Tale to different countries around the world,” Gilmore said.

“It is always thrilling to see how different children respond due to cultural context but also to be reminded of the universality of us all as humans.”

Gilmore, originally from London, was inspired to create the show for ages seven years and older after reading her children Judith Kerr’s 1968 picture book, The Tiger Who Came to Tea.

“I began to reflect on how my adult eyes perceived things so differently, looking for metaphors of a more cynical world,” she said.

“I thought of myself as relatively open-minded but in comparison to my children who are still so non-judgmental I realize I am not; this really intrigued me and prompted me to make Tiger Tale.”

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Tiger Tale tells the story of a family who, without knowing how it happened, have stopped communicating and loving one another.

The mother is too busy making the home perfectly clean rather that really seeing her daughter and playing with her, while the parents want to address the problems they have but do not know how.

“They have become trapped in their reality until one day a Tiger arrives and through his provocation helps them re-discover their love for one another,” Gilmore said.

“It is very visceral and immersive experience where the audience sit on all four sides around the action so they are always up close and there are smells created to heighten the experience.

“There is a thrilling playful danger as the Tiger enters into the audience space, steals their snacks, brushes up against them and lies on them.

“I love the end of the show when the children are invited into the space to play with the cast, the set and go on their own adventure.”

THE ESSENTIALS

What: Tiger Tale

Where: Studio Underground

When: October 4 to 8

Tickets: www.awesomearts.com