Victorian State Ballet brings ‘The Snow Queen’ to life

VSB's Rebecca Murray in 'The Snow Queen'. Photo courtesy of VSB.
VSB's Rebecca Murray in 'The Snow Queen'. Photo courtesy of VSB.

Victorian State Ballet (VSB) will present The Snow Queen, from April 14 to 16 at The Concourse Theatre, Chatswood.  

Based on the well-known classic fairy tale of Hans Christian Andersen, the production is suitable and enjoyable for all ages. Enjoy a magical experience and delight in the beauty and splendour of stunning sets, costumes, music and icy magic lighting.

The Snow Queen features original choreography by Michelle Sierra, costumes designed by Jan Tredrea, Mandy West and Jill Kerr, and set and light design by Martin Sierra. 

“Working with the costume designers was a real treat,” Michelle tells Dance Informa. “As a team, we had a strong idea of how the snow bees should be portrayed as their own characters yet icy cold creatures that are an extension of the Snow Queen herself. We used white, silver and blue to create an icy feel to their costumes with layered icicle type head pieces. The Snow Queen’s costumes are more elaborate as she magically appears in three different costumes and large capes throughout the ballet.”

VSB's Elise May Watson-Lord in 'The Snow Queen'. Photo courtesy of VSB.
VSB’s Elise May Watson-Lord in ‘The Snow Queen’. Photo courtesy of VSB.

The Snow Queen is a heart-warming story of the young Gerda and her struggle against an evil and icy foe. 

Outstanding skill, artistry and technique will be on show in this visually inspiring and highly entertaining performance featuring Elise May Watson-Lord or Sera Schuller as The Snow Queen, Gerda will be performed by Elise Jacques or Alanna Puddy, Kai will be performed by Cieren Edinger or Benjamin Harris, and Snow King and Troll will be played by Tynan Wood. 

“This is a beautiful production portraying an icy tale through classical ballet, theatrical skill and storytelling with a strong sense of journey, and lots of magic and intrigue throughout,” Michelle says. “Audiences will enjoy the very different lands, pas de deuxs, costumes and accompanying musical score. A magical and entertaining production.”

On Saturday, March 4, VSB will hold Sydney auditions for youth roles for The Snow Queen at the Concourse, to perform in the Sydney production, aged 10 to 17 years with strong ballet technique. For enquiries, reach out to admin@victorianstateballet.org.au.

Victoria State Ballet will present The Snow Queen at Concourse Theatre, Chatswood from 14 – 16 April. For tickets, head to theconcourse.com.au/event/the-snow-queen.

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