Christopher Horsey

Dance

Peta and the Wolf

Peta and the Wolf is a one hour, reimagined theatrical tap dance show based on the classic children’s tale, Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev.

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We are raising funds for the creative development of the classic, Peter and the Wolf, reimagined, reversing the gender of the original, featuring unique tap dance concepts with a celebrity narrator.

This project will set the stage for Australia’s first Tap dance company that will continue to present cutting edge shows, provide employment opportunities for tap dancers and sustain the art form’s key place in Australia.

Peta and the Wolf – A Tap Dancing Tale is a family friendly show, that will introduce the audience to new tap dance concepts alongside a narrative the audience can connect to. Furthermore, this will launch the ‘grown up’ version of the show that will be presented to Arts Festivals throughout Australia and overseas.

The project will take place at Chapel Off Chapel on May 21 – 24, 2020 and then will aim to be presented at the subsequent arts festivals throughout the second half of 2020 into 2021.

Tap Dogs, Hot Shoe Shuffle, Bootmen and The Tap Pack are all major commercially successful Australian Tap dance shows. And they all reinforce the stereotype that tap dance is a male dominated genre.

The culture of equality and diversity and the acknowledgement of the gender imbalance in tap dance shows are embedded in this project. We are repackaging tap dance to Millenials and speaking to their concerns using a genre that appeals to Gen X’s and Baby Boomers.

The gap is wide open for a tap show like Peta and the Wolf where the protagonist is female, the characters relatable, the production values attractive and the message relevant.

Your funds would help with sustaining the art form in Australia and providing more employment opportunities and ongoing education in equality and diversity through art and culture.

We are looking to raise a total of $30,000 seed capital for this first phase. Donations over $2 are tax deductible and all support is appreciated!

The donations will be used towards the production elements of the show, including costume, set design and artist fees. The most significant creative work you will support is both; the fascinating process of re-composing this classic Prokofiev masterpiece for the purpose of telling this story in a modern world; plus the creation of a brand new choreographed dance work harnessing the melodic, percussive and musical nature of tap dance.

This phase will provide us with footage and images to continue to develop and raise more investment and funding to take it to the next level. It will also provide a taste of what’s to come in the development of The Art of Noise – Australia’s leading Tap dance company. Furthermore, it will set the foundation for sustaining the art form of Tap and integrating it with other art forms and new concepts that will surprise and delight audiences in Australia and worldwide.

For more details please contact us directly for the full proposal – xlr8arts@gmail.com

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Christopher Horsey has over 3 decades of high end tap dance experience as both a performer and a creative.

He is a founding member of three groundbreaking international tap dance success stories; Hot Shoe Shuffle, Tap Dogs and Bootmen. His tap show Mickey’s Christmas Big Band is in its third year at Disneyland Paris and is currently supervising choreographer on Wakefield, the ambitious BBC/ABC TV drama series using dance/tap dance as a storytelling device (in the tradition of Pennies From Heaven, The Singing Detective and more recently LA LA Land).

It is the former successful tap shows that have motivated Chris to even the gender balance and create a show where the strength comes from female tap dancers. There is a lot to reveal about tap dance and the female performer which in the past has too often been overlooked and Peta & The Wolf will bring about this exciting opportunity.

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