music theatre/opera

The Snow Queen

By Hans Christian Andersen

Adapted and scored by Canadian composer Patrick Cardy

Translated into Latvian by the ensemble together with Anita Bajāre


The Rubess production had two versions, each performed by an award-winning actor, one male - Gundars Āboliņš; one female - Baiba Broka. The solo actor performed all parts in the story, interacting with the string quartet and large evocative projections. The  Snow Queen premiered at the New Riga Theatre on December 12, 2007, and ran for several seasons.


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Photogallery - The Snow Queen


"Baņuta Rubess created The Snow Queen at JRT as a story about human contradictions: “We won’t have any snowballs, or red noses. From the very first note of music, it will be a little," the director said, laughing, emphasizing the major effect of the music in creating the production’s atmosphere. Yet there is no lack of fun. The show is played by a single actor - - one evening, Baiba Broka, on another - Gundars Āboliņš, the string quartet Diference, a few props, which can transform at any time (artists Ieva Kauliņa and Ineta Stepanova), and the fairy tale is ready. A simple Narrator, then Gerda, a Crow, The Snow Queen - B.Broka and G.Āboliņš play all the characters every night on their respective evening. Now and then even the string quartet turns into roses, robbers or bulldogs.” Undīne Adamaite, Diena

The Fairy Tale Carries Us, Undīne Adamaite, January 4, 2008, Diena: ”Baņuta Rubess has been so very ”old-fashioned”, that in her production of the Snow Queen her style goes ”no further” than centuries-old discoveries – elements of shadow theatre, the Narrator’s exciting story and the audience, which generously surrender themselves to the power of the actor’s and their own imaginations. Nevertheless it’s precisely this ”old-fashioned” style that makes us want to say thank you to the director... B.Rubess‘ production is honest and that’s important. Everything in this story about the order of the world, about the way that love is stronger than the magic potions of an old Sami, comes at the right place and time. The children feel that and reward the performance with their rapt attention.”