Peter and the Wolf is a playful children’s ballet set to the music of Sergei Prokofiev. In 1936, Prokofiev composed Peter and the Wolf as a way to introduce children to the different instruments of the orchestra. Eight dancers develop each colorful character through expressive movement. Students experience storytelling through the interaction of narrative, music, and movement, and gain understanding of how character and plot are communicated across multiple art forms.
Schools can also follow up a performance of Verb Ballets’ Peter and the Wolf with a workshop. Students use the four elements of dance (body, energy, space and time) to identify, portray and create characters in the story. While refining their storytelling skills, students demonstrate character traits based upon details from the performance and Sergei Prokofiev’s well-known score.