Snow Q is a re-imagining of Hans Christian Andersen’s much-loved fable, The Snow Queen, combining poetry, original music and visuals.
This live literature performance was inspired by Andersen’s enigmatic tale of friendship, love and loyalty to explore contemporary themes of social isolation, gender, sexuality, migration and exile.
At the centre of Snow Q are lifelong friends Gerda and Kai, two lost young people. When winter comes, ice enters Kai’s heart and when Kai disappears, Gerda embarks on a quest to rescue their lost friend, meeting a wise, at times acerbic, Crow who tells stories in an extraordinary hybrid language of English and Polish.
Writer Maria Jastrzebska has re-imagined the story with a series of poems in the voices of the Crow and Gerda and Kai, who both identify as non-binary.
Maria says “As a child I was greatly disturbed by the idea of a piece of ice falling into your heart. Could someone else’s tears melt it? When I started writing Snow Q I knew Gerda and Kai were not going to be traditionally girl-and-boy in my version.”
She explains “I wanted to use this story to ask what it is that keeps us disconnected from one another and everything around us. How do we truly communicate with each other? Once ice has lodged in our hearts, can it melt?”
Snow Q features originally composed music, film, sound and poetry in English, Polish and “Ponglish” to show how language can transcend borders.
Snow Q is touring in February 2020 including
Thursday, February 20th at Centrala
Tickets are on sale now £5.28 (in booking fee) / more on the door
Approx running time - 60 mins.
Doors 7pm, start 7.30pm
Location and getting here:
4 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Birmingham B5 5RT
Walking distance from buses.
Accessibility is ground floor access but please be aware of the following venue limitations before booking: The main entrance door width is less than 80cm (contact us for exact dimensions) and toilet facilities are not suitable for wheelchair users and do not contain grab rails.
This live literature production has received an award from Arts Council England for a series of performances in the South-East, London and Birmingham throughout February 2020.
It is supported by Lewes Live Literature, New Writing South and the Polish Cultural Institute.