by David Bolger

– Winner – Best Children’s Dance Show – BTA Awards 2016

Prokofiev’s PETER AND THE WOLF is one of the most famous pieces of music ever written.

The classic story has been interpreted by many artists from Disney to the Marx Brothers and won a Grammy award for Bill Clinton, Mikhail Gorbachov and Sofia Loren.

CoisCéim Dance Theatre takes this timeless story of courage and imagination as inspiration and here… the story is told through the eyes of a WOLF. Filled with dance and live music, this fun and richly theatrical production by David Bolger gives life to a Bird, a Cat, a Duck, a Boy, and of course a WOLF in a highly energetic original work. Featuring live music, THE WOLF AND PETER takes children and their families on a thrilling adventure to explore and discover contemporary dance and performance at its best. Watch the promo here….

This production includes the imaginative, lively and engaging participation workshop series CREATIVE DANCE TALES for 6-9 year olds, by CoisCéim Broadreach.



LIGHTING Sinead Mckenna
SOUND Ivan Birthistle & Vincent Doherty
ADDITIONAL MUSIC Peter and the Wolf
Symphonic Tale for Children, Piano Reduction by Sergei Prokofiev, 1936

2018 cast

DANCERS Ivonne Kalter,  Jonathan Mitchell, Emma O’Kane, Mateusz Szczerek and Matthew Williamson
PIANO Conor Linehan 

THE WOLF AND PETER premiered at Baboró International Arts Festival for Children on 15 October 2015.


5 STARS “reassuringly traditional and startlingly modern…The Wolf and Peter is funny, imaginative, and, finally, very moving.”  – The Irish Times

5 STARS “a high end production by a top class company operating at the top of their game. Playful, funny, moving, The Wolf and Peter stirs the spirit and ignites the imagination, no matter what age you might happen to be.” –

5 STARS “There really is something for everyone in The Wolf And Peter, from splendid performances to stunning design, and some beautiful music.” –The  Reviews Hub

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Ivonne trained at Iwanson International School of Contemporary Dance in Munich and has been working internationally since her graduation in 2008.  She has been awarded the Isadora Award, is a finalist of the Seoul International Dance Competition and has been invited to the International Solo Dance Festival, Stuttgart.

Choreographers and Companies she has worked with include Patrick Delacroix (NL), Damien Liger (RO), Cie Willie Dorner, Peter McCoy, Minka-Marie Heiß (PT/IT/GER), Jan Kodet, Hans Henning Paar, Interdigitate/Leda Franklin, Levantes Dance Theatre (UK) and Catherine Young (IRL).   With CoisCéim she has performed in THE WOLF AND PETER and the 2016 co-production INVITATION TO A JOURNEY.

Conor Linehan is a pianist, composer and teacher from Dublin. He studied piano at the Royal Irish Academy of Music with Therese Fahy and after graduating from Trinity College Dublin with a degree in Music and English, continued his piano studies in London with Professor Peter Feuchtwanger.

He has written scores for theatre companies including The Abbey, The Royal Shakespeare Company, The British National Theatre, The Gate Theatre, the Lyric Theatre Belfast, Liverpool Playhouse, Hampstead Theatre, The Corn Exchange, Siren Productions and CoisCéim Dance Theatre. He was awarded the 2010 Irish Times Theatre Award (with Ben Delaney) for Best Sound Design for his score for THE LAST DAYS OF A RELUCTANT TYRANT by Tom Murphy. In the same year he was nominated for the Judges Special Award ‘for setting the standard for theatre composition’.

His score for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of THE CORDELIA DREAM by Marina Carr won the PlayShakespeare website’s Falstaff award for best score worldwide in 2009.

As a pianist he has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, The RTÉ Concert Orchestra, The Dublin Philharmonic and The Crash Ensemble amongst others and broadcast on Lyric FM and BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4.

Conor is on the piano faculty of the Royal Irish Academy of Music where he also teaches courses in improvisation and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Performance in association with Trinity College Dublin.


Jonathan Mitchell was born in England and moved to Dublin in 1999. He trained at the Rambert School, London, graduating in 1992. Work with CoisCéim includes AGNES, PAGEANT, MERMAIDS, THE RITE OF SPRING and WHEN ONCE IS NEVER ENOUGH. He has worked with leading companies in the UK including: Adventures in Motion Pictures, Mathew Hawkins, Imlata and Dundee Rep Dance Company and Irish companies IMDT and Liz Roche Company. In December 2012 Jonathan made his debut on the Abbey Stage in Frank McGuinness’ adaptation of James Joyce’s THE DEAD. Since 2008 Jonathan has also been a dance photographer, with a particular focus on location photography, and has photographed some of the premier dance artists in the country including IMDT, Liz Roche Company, Fearghus Ó Conchuir and Emma Martin. In 2009 he was commissioned by Dance Ireland to create a photographic exhibition, still, life, which now forms part of the permanent collection. In 2012, Jonathan received an Arts Council Dance Bursary Award to explore the integration of still images into the choreographic process.


Emma O’Kane trained at the Perm State Choreographic Academy, Russia. She has been a member of CoisCéim Dance Theatre since 2001. Dance Europe voted Emma Outstanding Dancer Of The Year for her performance in CoisCéim’s production of FAUN. Recent work includes THESE ROOMS, Anu/CoisCéim, 160 VOICES for EMBODIED produced by Dublin Dance Festival as a new commission by An Post/GPO Witness History, CENTENARY RTÉ and THE WAKE directed by Oonagh Kearney. Emma creates choreography for dance, theatre and opera companies: SILENT MOVES (Ignite! Mayo, won Modern Ireland in 100 Artworks 2015), UNDERNEATH (Fishamble), JOCKEY, FARM and CARE (Willfredd Theatre), THE SLEEPING QUEEN (Wexford Festival Opera), THE CHILEAN TRILOGY (Prime Cut Productions), ANGEL MEADOW, LAUNDRY, BASIN (ANU Productions), and THE BALLET RUSE (co-created with Muirne Bloomer).


Matt Szczerek started his training with break dance and ballroom  in 2004 in Poland. After moving to Ireland in 2008 he developed his skills in Contemporary and Hip Hop. Recently his own choreographic work EMERSION (2016) was performed as part of OIL & WATER collaboration with Cathy Coughlan followed by the opening performance for IN CONTEXT 4 festival, both supported by the Arts Council and South Dublin County Council.  Matt has programmed and delivered several international urban events and was invited to teach at numerous intensive dance programs like Collabo in Venezuela and Danca no Curacao in Portugal. He continues to expand  an awareness of urban dance forms through weekly classes and events around Dublin City, bringing together dance communities, musicians and videographers (Cypher Kingz, Work In Progress, Freestyle Fighters and most recently Space Jam).  Matt has been invited by Kildare Arts Office to lead an advanced module in collaborative dance practice within urban context at this year’s Laban Summer School (2016).
Matthew WilliamsonMatthew is a dancer/choreographer from Dublin with over ten years experience in performance and competitive dance.  He has recently worked with CoisCéim on THESE ROOMS, a co-production with ANU for ART:2016.  Matt’s speciality is Hip-Hop & B-boying (Breakdance). His style is described as acrobatic, musical and energetic. Not just a Hip-Hop dancer, Matthew is always looking to step outside the box. His first step outside his Hip-Hop comfort zone was ballet, where he featured on RTE’s BALLET CHANCERS in 2008 and since then has been grasping every opportunity to try something new. He has over ten championship titles under his belt and has showcased his skills in front of some of the biggest companies in the world, in 2014 he received a lifetime achievement award for outstanding contribution to Irish Hip-Hop dance. He is also a member of dance group Raw Edge Crew who have performed and competed as Irish representatives in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, UK and Germany. Raw Edge also featured on Sky One’s GOT TO DANCE where they reached the live semi-finals. Matthew has also featured on a number of TV shows/adverts and most recently on PENNY DREADFUL as a dancer/movement artist. “Always learning, always teaching”

Since winning 1st prize at the Tomassoni International Piano Competition, Cologne in 2001, Lance has performed with most of the major Australian orchestras including the Sydney Symphony and many international symphony orchestras including the RTE NSO and WDR Rundfunkkorchester Köln.

Beginning his studies in his homeland of New Zealand, Lance graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and furthered his studies in the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire and the Royal Irish Academy of Music. During his studies, Lance was the recipient of numerous first prizes, including the inaugural Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition, the Australian Young Performers’ Award, the David Paul Landa Scholarship and the Hephizibah Menuhin Scholarship.

Lance regularly plays with Irelands’ leading chamber musicians and has performed – as both a soloist and chamber musician – in many notable festivals. Highlights include The Beethoven International Festival in Bonn, The Dublin International Piano Festival and The Great Music in Irish Houses Festival.  He recently collaborated on a critically acclaimed CD collection of Esposito Sonatas with violinist Mia Cooper and cellist William Butt.

Lance is a Blüthner Artist. He frequently adjudicates in national and international music festivals. He also gives masterclasses internationally. He is a piano lecturer in the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin.

A graduate of the Royal Irish Academy of Music, College of Music (Dublin), Schola Cantorum (Mullingar) and Sheffield University [MEd], Ivan McKenna works as a musical director, pianist and arranger in Ireland and the UK.

Musical director credits include: The Colleen Bawn (Druid, Irish Tour); Alice in Funderland (Abbey Theatre); Riverdance (Gaiety Theatre & National tour); Somewhere Under The Rainbow (Olympia Theatre & National/UK tour); When Jolie Met Christie (Axis & National tour); Annie (Olympia Theatre & Cork Opera House); Fame The Musical (Bord Gais Energy Theatre & National/UK tour); Celebrating Christie Hennessy – The Platinum Collection (NCH Dublin & National Tour).


Photos by Ros Kavanagh



CoisCéim Studio, Dublin 3 | September 2022

Thursday 18 March 2021 | 4pm
Online at Culture Ireland’s Youtube channel. Full programme at:

2020 DIGITAL DANCES | Sydney Opera House Digital Season
Over 38,000 people checked into the livestream of David Bolger’s ★★★★★ adventure for children and their families as part of Sydney Opera House’s Digital Season, running from 17 April 2020 to 10 July 2020.  This recording of THE WOLF AND PETER was filmed at Sydney Opera House and live streamed to 21 schools in New South Wales on 20 July 2017.  It was first screened in Ireland on Thursday 2nd April 2020 as part of CoisCéim’s SOFA CINEMA series.

2018 UK TOUR

The Lowry, Salford 
Friday 02 November 7.00pm
Saturday 03 November 11.00am & 1.00pm
Friday 09 November 6.00pm
Saturday 10 November 11.00am, followed by MEET THE WOLF! with the entire cast.
Tuesday 13 November 7.00pm followed by MEET THE WOLF! and a post-show talk with the entire cast.

Supported by Culture Ireland as part of GB18: Promoting Irish Arts in Britain
#WolfandPeter | #CultureIrelandGB18


COISCÉIM DANCE THEATRE’s 2017 Irish and International tour dates for THE WOLF AND PETER included bringing Irish contemporary dance to the Sydney Opera House for the very first time.  To read the full press release please click HERE.

The 2017 Irish tour was supported by RTÉ Supporting the Arts and presented in association with the NASC venue network. NASC is an Irish word meaning link or relationship, and describes the linking of venues to develop touring programmes. The network was conceived in 2006 when a number of venue directors met to discuss joint programming and marketing opportunities.  In 2012 NASC identified the key future purpose and objectives of the network: To harness the buying power, high quality venue infrastructure, professional expertise, art form knowledge, contacts, loyalty and support of the 8 members to present high quality work.

The NASC venue network comprises:  An Griánan Theatre, Letterkenny; Backstage Theatre, Longford;  Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise;  glór, Ennis; Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick; Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire;  Siamsa Tíre, Tralee and Town Hall Theatre, Galway.


29 Jun – 02 Jul | The Arts Centre, Melbourne |
06-07 Jul | The Joan, Penrith NSW |
12-20 Jul | Sydney Opera House |  www.sydneyoperahouse. com

Presented with support from Culture Ireland


Hawk’s Well Theatre. Temple Street, Sligo.
Date + Time: Thursday 2 March, 6pm + Friday 3 March, 11am.

Garter Lane Theatre. O’Connell Street, Waterford.
Date + Time: Monday 6 March, 7pm + Tuesday 7 March, 11am.

Lime Tree Theatre. Limerick.
Thursday 9 March, 7pm (families)
Friday 10 March, 10am + 12pm (schools).

An Grianán Theatre. Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.
Date + Time: Tuesday 14 March, 7pm (families) + Wednesday 15 March, 11am (schools).

Backstage Theatre. Farneyhoogan, Longford.
Date + Time: Monday 20 March, 7pm (families) + Tuesday 21 March,
11am (schools).

Town Hall Theatre. Galway.
Date + Time: Thursday 23 March, 7pm (families) + Friday 24 March, 10am + 12pm (schools).

AXIS.  unplugged performance Ballymun, Dublin 9.
Date + Time: Tuesday 28 March, 11am + 7pm.

Dunamaise Arts Centre.  unplugged performance Portlaoise, Co. Laois.
Date + Time: Thursday 30 March, 7pm (families) + Friday 31 March, 10am + 12pm (schools).

Civic Theatre. Tallaght, Dublin 24.
Mon 3 April 2017 | 7pm  
Tues 4 April | 11 am

Pavilion Theatre. Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.
Date + Time: Friday 14 April, 4pm + Saturday 15 April, 2pm.  |  (free booking online)

Siamsa Tíre. Tralee, Co. Kerry.
Date + Time: Wednesday 19 April, 7pm + Thursday 20 April, 2.30pm.

Glór. Ennis, Co. Clare.
Monday 24 April, 7pm  
Tuesday 25 April, 10.45am

Draíocht. Blanchardstown, Dublin 15.
Date + Time: Thursday 27 April, 7pm + Friday 28 April, 10am + 12PM.

Funded by a Touring and Dissemination of Work Grant from the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon 
Irish tour presented in association with the NASC venue network supported by RTÉ Supporting the Arts

Cast notes: 
PIANO Ivan McKenna | Performances from 2 March – 10 March  (Sligo, Waterford, Limerick); 20 & 21 March (Longford); 28 March – 31 March (Ballymun & Portlaoise)
PIANO Lance Coburn | Performances 15 & 16 March (Letterkenny);  23 & 24 March (Galway) & Australia (June & July)


UK & Bray | 2016

02-03 Dec  | Dance Xchange | Birmingham, UK
07-10 Dec | Dance City | Newcastle, UK
14-16 Dec  | Mermaid Arts Centre | Bray, Ireland

World Premiere  |  15 October 2015  |  Baboró International Arts Festival for Children, Galway

15-18 October 2015 | Town Hall Theatre | Galway, Ireland
28-30 October 2015 | The MAC | Belfast International Arts Festival | Belfast, UK
2-3 November 2015 | Draíocht | Dublin, Ireland
5 November 2015 | Pavilion Theatre | Dún Laoghaire, Ireland

Presented with additional support from RTÉ Supporting the Arts and the Goethe Institut