THE SNOW
QUEEN

The performance introduces a new dramatic genre – a para-fairy-tale, working as a combination of para-documentary and a fairy tale for adults. This attempt at renegotiating the genre contains new elements. On the one hand, there is a community of researchers: improvised impersonations of polar regions explorers that live in a station in Antarctica – characters of para-documentary features. On the other hand, there are Kai and Gerda: no longer children, but people remaining beyond this community. There is also a secret, a secret of a community belonging to a particular place. The plot develops in two spheres: the real one – the research station in Antarctica – and the unreal one – in the frozen land of the Snow Queen. The performance was staged in a former horse riding school at the castle in Książ.

“The Snow Queen” was written in 1844 and it is a special fairy tale among Hans Christian Anderson’s works – it was not inspired by folk stories. One of the hints at a possible interpretation was provided by Andersen himself, who in his autobiography stated that each character he described has an equivalent in the real world. The clash between the fairy tale and the particularity of space, characters, and stage situation makes “The Snow Queen” something more than just a story/fairy tale about the coming of age of Kai and Gerda.