Little Match Girl premiers on 20 August
Our new theatre show 'The Little Match Girl' opens in Copenhagen on 20/08/05 with 12 new songs based on the Hans Christian Andersen classic.
Hans Christian Andersen, Between Two Worlds
Christian Andersen?s own life was a fairy tale. The son of a poor
cobbler, he died a rich and celebrated man, intimate with kings and
famous artists and writers, among them Charles Dickens. He cared a lot
about his image and appeared everywhere with an inseparable top hat. He
wrote two hundred and ten tales, translated across Europe, making him
the best-known Scandinavian writer of his time. Though the spectre of
poverty disappeared from his life when he was still quite young, the
social misery he experienced as a child left lasting marks: his tales
give voice to the powerless, the social outcast ? the children, the
poor, the very old, all of them traditionally mute and oppressed.
Andersen?s fairy tales corresponded to the urge to speak out for a
writer who did not come from a genteel class, but from the lower ranks
of society, deprived and uneducated.
Unlike traditional fairy
tales, set in distant lands ?once upon a time?, Andersen set his tales
in the familiar and contemporary world, making fantastic descriptions
stem from realistic ones and investing everyday objects with life and
magical powers. His imaginative spirit transfigured the real world and
opened up another one, wonderful and spiritual. However, his fairy
tales cast a shadow. They are as mournful as they are wonderful: they
caught the spirit of dissolution contained in those times, caused by
the disappearance of an old world, gradually replaced by the modern one
born with the industrial revolution of the 19th century. Among
Andersen?s tales, The Little Match Girl (1846) is perhaps the most
heart-wrenching in its unflinching depiction of the sufferings endured
by a poor little girl.
Stage Director: DAN JEMMETT
Music and Lyrics: MARTYN JACQUES
Set Designer : DICK BIRD
Performed by : THE TIGER LILLIES ? Martyn Jacques (vocals, piano), Adrian Huge (percussions), Adrian Stout (double bass)