Pinocchio: a classic story with a modern twist
Known for eye-catching productions like the Nutcracker, le Ballet Ouest de Montreal will be presenting a modern day retelling of the Italian classic, Pinocchio. For this adaptation, Artistic Director Claude Caron wanted to tackle a serious issue that children and teens are faced with all too often: bullying.
While rereading Carlo Collodi’s original version, Caron said he realized that many of the challenges Pinocchio’s character faces continue to be relevant today, including the themes of exclusion and isolation.
In this version, Gepetto is a cartoonist instead of a woodcarver. One night, he draws up the image of Pinocchio and, thanks to technology and computer generated images, he comes to life. While trying to integrate into the real world, children bully Pinocchio because of his physical appearance and the fact that he doesn’t have any technological devices like a cell phone or a tablet.
This performance shows that bullying has been amplified in the age of modern technology and social media. Geared to kids ages 6 and up, the production includes different multimedia components that children can relate to. It takes place March 28 at 2 p.m. at le Theatre Outremont. Tickets are $25, $20 for seniors and $15 for students (free for third child).
For more information, call 514-783-1245 or visit balletouest.com/2014-2015-season/pinocchio