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Tobias Larsson unleashes Norse gods on the circus

Ariana Lallone and Tobias Larsson in Dinner At Wotan's Courtesy of Teatro ZinZanni From ballet training in Sweden to choreographing circus shows in Seattle, Tobias Larsson has entertained people throughout Europe and the United States.

He’s back at Teatro ZinZanni for Dinner At Wotan’s, a decidedly different look at Norse king of the gods than the upcoming Ring at Seattle Opera this summer. Larsson began choreographing shows for ZinZanni in San Francisco and Seattle in 2009. He worked with dance legend Tommy Tune to co-choreograph Bonsoir Liliane! here in 2011.

His latest dinner show at ZinZanni mixes up Wagner’s music with modern rock classics and brings together performers from a multitude of disciplines, including Swedish singer Anki Albertsson, former Pacific Northwest Ballet principal dancer Ariana Lallone, aeralist Christopher Phi, clown Geoff Hoyle, American lyric soprano Kristin Clayton, and many more.

Here's his answers to a few questions about this curr…

The Hind combines dance skills with puppetry in War Horse

Christopher Mai, Derek Stratton, and Rob Laqui as Joey. © Brinkhoff/Mögenburg, courtesy of STG War Horse gallops, literally, onto the Paramount’s stage this week in Seattle. The play tells the story of Joey, a beloved horse taken to the trenches of France in World War I. In a piece of award-winning and stunning stagecraft, three puppeteers perform the role of one horse as the Head, Heart, and Hind of Joey in puppets created for the show by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company.

The sheer physicality of the role requires a dancer’s agility, as Rob Lacqui, the Hind, reveals here.

How you did you come to be playing the Hind?
When I first auditioned, I did both the Heart position and the Hind, mostly hind. I felt I did best in the hind position and casting must have thought so too!

What part of your theatrical background do you think helped you take on this role?
I have a degree in musical theater. When I moved to New York, I started getting more physica…