The Grimm fairy tales, minus the Disneyfied Hollywood endings, are as real as it gets. I mean, sure Hansel and Gretel features a ravenous cannibal and child murderer, but in the PG versions that’s all slapstickery and cartoonishness. Not so in the Grimm bros’ original. The original versions of the Brothers Grimm’s collection of tales feature all the violence, brutality, and cruel living conditions of life in feudal Europe. This watershed collection, the bestselling book in the German language, turns 200 in December. To mark this bicentennial, local storytelling paragon Dale Jarvis has written a two-hour show, featuring live music by Delf Maria Hohmann. “These stories are full of loss, longing, violence, blood, wicked men and women; they contain the best and the worst of humanity, always alongside themes of hope, and rebirth,” says Jarvis. “But these stories are definitely not for children!”
The Brothers Grimm: 200 Years and Counting runs at Petro-Canada Hall at 8pm. Tickets are $20 at the door.