CHILD OPERA 4+
Mouse was walking in a dark black wood, while Fox was thinking “That smells good.”
Little Mouse doesn’t want to appear on the menu of Fox, Owl and Snake, so she invents the terrifying Gruffalo, with orange eyes, a tongue as black as coal and purple stinges from head to tail. Fortunately Mouse knows he doesn’t really exist…
Or does he ?
When she finally visits the other animals, accompanied by the real Gruffalo, the monstuous creature erroneously thinks that they are afraid for the tiny creature and fleas like grim death into the forest.
For The Gruffalo – a classic by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler – conductor and composer Iván Fischer wrote music in which surprise and recognizability go hand in hand.
In a setting with plenty of colourful illustrations seven singers narrate and enact this funny and thrilling musical story for children from the age of 4, in a Dutch translation in rhyme.
Who is finally afraid of whom ?
The Gruffalo (2018)
on text and images of Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
Iván Fischer (°1951)
SPECTRA conducted by Filip Rathé
Franches Dhont (mouse), Anna Nuytten (snake), Lars Corijn (fox), Bruno De Jonghe (owl), Wouter Vande Ginste (the gruffalo), Lissa Meyvis (narrator 1), Leander Van Gijsegem (narrator 2)
direction, stage- and costume design concept
decor- and costume design
Kathleen Van Mechelen
production dutch version
Concertgebouw Brugge, deSingel Antwerpen and Perpodium
With the support of the taxshelter of the Belgian federal Gouvernment