Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale

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WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

In presenting a fresh version of The Soldier's Tale, choreographer/director Jody Oberfelder places this post-World War I story--originally sourcing two Russian folktales--in a modern world. The dramatic trajectory of the tale is conveyed through acrobatic physicality of the characters and the distinct storytelling of the narrator. Without changing the basic plot or existential journey of the Soldier, Oberfelder has contemporized librettist C.F. Ramuz's text to convey an environment strikingly familiar to us all. Instead of arriving home along a winding road, he arrives at the airport. Later, he meets the Princess by participating in the reality show, "Who Wants to Marry an Heiress?" He is a hapless Everyman equipped with human foibles, marching on and on. He attempts to find his footing, but becomes foiled by the slippery seductions of ephemeral happiness presented to him by a nemesis (the Devil) in various guises. Vaudevillian spectacle and drama are served up through vibrant physicality in this dancedthrough production, with Jody Oberfelder Dance Projects performers: Jake Szczypek as the Soldier, Rebekah Morin as the Devil, and ChristinaNoel Reaves as the Princess. Christian Coulson, acclaimed actor for the screen, stage and television, previously seen onscreen in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, The Hours, and Gossip Girl, joins the cast as Narrator.

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Christian Coulson to Narrate Jody Oberfelder Dance Projects' Soldier's Tale - May 19, 2011

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