A unique collaboration between students from The Arts University Bournemouth and Kokoro, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s new music group, will produce an elaborate staged and costumed performance of Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale.

Students from the School of Media and the School of Performance at the Arts University Bournemouth will collaborate this year with Kokoro, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s new music group, to produce a unique costumed performance of Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale.

Originally a purely instrumental work, The Soldier’s Tale tells the story of a soldier coming home from leave who, upon encountering the devil, sells his fiddle for a magic book to provide him with all the objects that he desires, which ultimately leads to his demise. Whether they are acting during the performance or working on costumes and make-up, AUB students are guaranteed to bring this intriguing piece alive.

The 7 piece group Kokoro comprises both players from the BSO and freelance musicians committed to performing 20th century and contemporary ensemble music. They perform a wide variety of programmes across the south and south west and their performances have bought them to venues such as the Royal Festival Hall. This December, The Soldier’s Tale will see Kokoro performing in costumes designed and created by AUB students especially for the production. Additionally, students from the media course at the university have been working on a short documentary about the process of the show which will provide an interesting introduction to the performance.

Doug Cockle, Acting Course Leader at the AUB and Director of A Soldier’s Tale commented ‘This collaboration between the AUB and Kokoro is a wonderful opportunity to showcase our students’ talent. Costume, set and make-up designers are realising the visual world of the play and the actors are bringing that world to life. This joint venture will be a stimulating combination of sight and sound and we are thrilled to be able to share it with audiences at Pavilion Dance.’

The performance will take place on Friday 9th December at 8.00pm and Saturday 10th December at 5.00pm and 8.00pm at the Ocean Room Theatre, Pavilion Dance, Bournemouth. There will also be a free performance to GCSE and A level students earlier on Friday. Tickets are £12 or £8 for concessions and available by contacting the Pavilion Dance box office on 01202 203 630 or visitwww.paviliondance.org.uk