The Snow Queen
The Snow Queen
Guest performance by the Finnish National Ballet
Former Royal Danish Ballet Principal Dancer Kenneth Greve returns to Copenhagen as Artistic Director of the Finnish National Ballet with a family performance filled with snow, magic and creatures from the underworld
The Snow Queen is based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale from 1845 about the two friends Gerda and Kay. Gerda’s grandmother has unsuspectingly purchased an old mirror in Lapland, and the object turns out to be filled with black magic by the Snow Queen. The evil queen commands a troll and a crew of malevolent dwarves to reclaim the mirror. When they accidentally shatter it, a splinter of glass lodges in Kay’s eye. In order to get the splinter back, the Snow Queen kidnaps the young boy. Gerda ventures forth to search for her young friend. In her travels, she encounters many different kinds of people and creatures, and together they decide to liberate Kay from the icy castle of the Snow Queen.
The Snow Queen is a gripping story of love and the innocence and strength of childhood. Artistic Director Kenneth Greve is responsible for creating this unique universe along with costume designer Erika Turunen and lighting designer Mikki Kunttu. The ballet is performed to music recorded by the Finnish National Opera Orchestra under the musical direction of composer Tuomas Kantelinen.
Choreographer: Kenneth Greve
Music: Tuomas Kantelinen
Set designers: Erika Turunen and Mikki Kunttu
Costume designer: Erika Turunen
Lighting designer: Mikki Kunttu
Make-up designer: Pekka Helynen
Projections designers: Mikko Linnavuori and Jan Yrlund
Dramaturges (after Hans Christian Andersen): Pirjo Toikka and Kenneth Greve
Dramaturgical consultant: Raija-Sinikka Rantala