A NORDIC FAIRYTALE PERFORMANCE
About the wolf, ourselves and other scary dangers lurking in the woods. Or is it in the woods they lurk?
Peter and the Wolf puts focus on Scandinavian identity and paints a picture of some of the paradoxes of Scandinavia. Scandinavia is one of the safest places in the world. We have a very low crime rate and a high life expectancy rate. But even though the security level in our society is continuously on the rise we still feel dangers lurking in the dark.
Dangers which instead of being represented by the wolf are now represented by immigrants, strangers, drug-addicts, foreigners, beggars, violence, war, terrorism or something else depending on the context in which we live. But could it be that the danger we feel exists mostly within ourselves?
In lack of real dangers you might discover something gloomy within yourself – a wolf that lurks in the darkness?
The tendency of making up “dangers lurking in the dark” has shaped our morality and mentality and the myths of the wolf as a symbol of danger are plentiful. We have asked ourselves questions such as:
Where does fear come from?
What level of safeness do we expect to feel?
Which need do we fulfill through the notion of threats?
What sorts of horrors exist?
Does society depend upon threats to function properly?