Die Schneekönigin [The Snow Queen]

Die Schneekönigin
Director: Michael Corder
Choreographer: Michael Corder
Based on: Hans Christian Andersen‘s fairy tale
Music by: Sergei Prokofiev
Seen on: 17.1.2016

The Snow Queen has a new mirror. But instead of reflecting her beauty in eternal winter, the mirror shows her Gerda and Kay who live in a small village together with Gerda’s grandmother. It’s springtime and they’re happily in love. The Snow Queen shatters the mirror in anger and decides to take revenge on the two of them.

The Snow Queen is one of my favorite fairy tales by Andersen and when I saw that they’d perform a ballet of it – with music by Prokofiev no less – I knew that I wanted to see it. And it was a very nice evening, even though I can’t recommend it without hesitation.

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Romeo i Dzhulyetta [Romeo and Juliet] (1955) + Vienna Symphony

Romeo i Dzhulyetta is a ballet movie by Lev Arnshtam and Leonid Lavrovsky, based on Shakespeare‘s play and starring Galina Ulanova and Yuri Zhdanov. It was shown in the Konzerthaus with live music by Sergei Prokofiev played by the Vienna Symphony under Frank Strobel as part of ther Film and Music Cylce. [Here’s my review of the other shows in the cycle.]

[I think the story is well known, but here the short version.]
The Montagues and the Capulets are feuding. But when Romeo Montague (Yuri Zhdanov) falls in love with Juliet Capulet (Galina Ulanova) things could work out for the better. Unfortunately, they don’t and it all goes to hell.

The movie is very oldfashioned but I liked it: The play was shortened and they took good care to do it in the right places. The dancers were great and Prokofiev’s music is absolutely wonderful.

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