The Snow Queen. The story begins in the Snow Queen's Ice Palace in the Kingdom of Eternal Snow. The Snow Queen, attended by Icicles and Snow Wolves, dreams of extending her kingdom over the earth. A shard of glass from the Snow Wolves magic mirror pierces Kai a local villagers' heart and he rejects his sweetheart Gerda in favour of The Snow Queen.
Gerda is determined to regain Kai's love and she along with the Bluebird make a perilous journey via an enchanted garden, and a gypsy encampment, gaining moral support from the Fire Spirit and his Princess and timely assistance from the Good Fairy.
Once able to see Kai the warmth of her tears melt the shard and the Snow Queens powers wane. The Snow Queen retreats as the Fire Spirit and Fire Princess herald the return of the longs days of the Sun's rule.
Over the years literally hundreds of dancers have enjoyed the opportunity to dance with Duchy Ballet at the Hall for Cornwall. The routine of audition through to production has become addictive and we even have a 2nd generation of dancers performing in several roles this year. We'd like to thank every single one of our supporters, volunteers, helpers, friends, parents and the professionals who ensure that everyones potential is realised.
Stepping out to Gershwin. The inter-war years of the 1920's and 30's and the war years of the 40's were the great era of the spectacular musical on stage and screen.
Now more than ninety years later, George Gershwin's music evokes the spirit of the era like few others. We hope you enjoy this presentation of ballet in a sonewhat different idiom and realise that ballet dancers can also make pretty good hoofer!