Arts scene: 12/7/07

Compiled by arts reporters Dawnell Smith, Mike Dunham and Sarah Henning

(12/06/07 02:13:45)

Big, bad wolf

Leslie Kimiko Ward portrays the tortoise that reaches the finish line of the race ahead of the hare, Brittney Otevrel, in a rehearsal of "The Tortoise and the Hare," one of pieces of the Alaska Dance Theatre production of "Fables and Tales."

Animals aren't evil, not really, but they get a bad rap in fables and stories. Always have. We might dig the single-minded purpose of the big bad wolf but sure don't want to meet him in a dark, dark wood.

"Aesop used animals because he didn't want to insult people," said Andrea Andresakis, the choreographer behind Alaska Dance Theatre's upcoming concert, "Fables and Tales."

But we know who Aesop was really talking about in "The Boy Who Cried Wolf," "The Tortoise and the Hare" and "The Wind and the Sun." Telling these iconic stories through dance only adds to their enduring quality, Andresakis said.

Using the impulse of storytelling coupled with movement and expression, ADT's production features fables including "The Story of Aesop" and "Peter and the Wolf" as narrated by David Bowie. The concert involves 45 dancers in 60 roles, with company members as leads and 22 student dancers in parts as varied as sheep, mice, "the wall" and "the pond."

The narrated ballet "Fables and Tales" will show at 7 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday at ADT's Alice Bassler Sullivan Theatre (550 E. 33rd Ave.). Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students 18 and younger; buy them early because some shows sell out. (277-9591,

-- Dawnell Smith

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