The Snow Queen. Hans Christian Andersen was born in Denmark in 1805 and, despite receiving little education is for many not just the best known Dane but the author of over 150 fairy tales and childrens stories. The Snow Queen is one of the longest and best loved of Andersen's fairy tales.
Essentially based on a Scandinavian legend it tells of the battle between the cold dark winter months and the warm colourful summer months. Warmth, goodness, purity and optimism are represented by Gerda, contrasting with the cold, dark, pessimistic selfishness of The Snow Queen and her entourage.
Stepping out to Gershwin. The 'roaring twenties' marked the high point of the Broadway show with colourful musical numbers, chorus girls and flappers.
The arrival of the 'talkies' and the depression era allowed Hollywood to come to the fore. Screen musicals made mega-stars of the likes of Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers and Gene Kelly; while the chorus metamorphosed into the elaborate patterns and choreography of the glamorous 'Busby Berkeley' girls. This was Broadway for the masses who, before the arrival of television, flocked to the movies in their millions every week to see the stars.
Decades later and it is George Gershwins music that evokes the spirit of that era like few others. 'Stepping out to Gershwin' allows us to celebrate the talent of George Gershwin dancing to his toe tapping and nostalgic melodies.
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