Vaudevillian spectacle and drama are served up through vibrant physicality in this danced-through production, with Jody Oberfelder Dance Projects and Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra. In presenting a fresh version of The Soldier’s Tale, choreographer/director Jody Oberfelder places this post-World War I story—originally a Russian folktale—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.
Jody's adaptation of the C.F. Ramuz text has been approved by Schirmer Publishing. This updated script and production is available for touring.
Music performed by The Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra
Conductor for The Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra: Gary Fagin
Directed and Choreographed by Jody Oberfelder, with creative input from the performers, Performed by Jody Oberfelder Dance Projects
Soldier: Jake Szczypek
Devil: Rebekah Morin
Princess: ChristinaNoel Reaves
Narrator: Christian Coulson
Costume Design: Liz Prince
Set Design: Juergen Riehm
Lighting Design: Greg Goff
Film/ Animated Graphics: John Frattalone
Additional performers in film: Jennifer Jones, Joe Goodman
Stop Action Film: Miya Hirabayashi, Elisabeth Fraser and Trent Bailey Photography
Aerial Rigging: Todd McCraw
Stage Manager: Andrew Blais
Photo credit: Paula Court
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. This project is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by the New York State Council on the Arts and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
Video documentation by Character Generators, Dress Rehearsal shoot: Paula Court