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The Creative Queen
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Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II has been showing her creative side once again. Her majesty has been hard at work on the costumes and set design for a new production of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen.”

The artsy queen is showcasing her latest creations at Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens, where “The Snow Queen” will play until early 2020.

Danish singer Oh Land composed the music for the show, with award-winning Russian dance expert Yuri Possokhov responsible for the choreography.

Is the queen nervous tonight?

Tivoli Ballet director Peter Bo Bendixen says, “Of course she is, of course. It’s very much her performance; it’s very much her production. If she was not nervous, something would be wrong.”

There’s no doubt Queen Margrethe was eager to do justice to “The Snow Queen.” After all, she is an expert who reveres the work of its author, Hans Christian Andersen. 

“She, of everyone, is someone who also really is knowledgeable about Hans Christian Andersen and his fairy tales,” says Oh Land.

The legendary writer, who lived from 1805 to 1857, was truly was an artist. Do you recognize the names of some of his fairy tales?

• “The Emperor’s New Clothes”

• “The Little Mermaid”

• “The Steadfast Tin Soldier” 

• “The Ugly Duckling” 

• “The Little Match Girl”

• “Thumbelina”

Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II comments on Hans Christian Andersen’s work: “He is extraordinary in the way that he can describe somebody in just half a sentence, and there you are. [‘The Snow Queen’ is] full of pictures, and colorful and these various people that are in the story, they all have very different personalities.”

Is the queen also truly an artist?

 “I would say that the queen is an artist, because defining an artist is that you make art continually throughout your life and you do it in a professional capacity, and she is very much doing that,” says Oh Land.

Director Lars Liebst adds, “She always has an idea, she always has a goal, and it’s fun and it is very inspirational to work with her Majesty.”

Does it all makes you want to pick up a copy of “The Snow Queen?” Go ahead. You can read it and Hans Christian Andersen’s other fairy tales for free at http://bit.ly/2rJKoZc.

(“The Snow Queen” is performed in Copenhagen, Denmark. AP)

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1st Comment!!!

Oh!i will watch the video. I think this is interesting. It she a real Queen or not?
I was a little disappointing when I saw they was no new articles yet and then this piped up!

@NA

I was too.

Cool! Double meaning hahha!

This is very interesting! I love the book Number the Stars which is set in Denmark so it is fun whenever I hear it mentioned.

Ok that was a little weird...........

The Video.......................I don't think I would watch that play I mean those dancers didn't look dressed.

@ Beth G

Did you watch the video?

. This is MA.

The video: It kinda looked scary...........I didn't like it.....Isn't she a witch....?
I like this video better. https://vimeo.com/376865127
This is MA.

7th comment

wow! the video is pretty much the same thing as the articale but with pictuers

Video

Am I the only one who thought the video was creepy??

Question?

Why do we rite a @ If were talking to someone?

@NA

Because @ means at so if you were talking to someone you would say @who ever your talking to! It that what you meant? Lol

It won't let me watch the

It won't let me watch the video for some reason? : /

I didn’t think the video was

I didn’t think the video was creepy, some of the people were wearing tights but other than that the video was fine. I like Hand Christian Anderson’s fairy tales, I also like Grimms fairytales too though. I’m not sure if the snow queen is a witch I think she might do magic though, but she’s the bad guy sooo.

@Emelia that’s sad! :(

@Emelia that’s sad! :(

@ BethsaraG

I LOVE Number the Stars!! It's one of my favorite books!

Who the "snow queen "really is...

Ok. So, my mom looked it up and it said that It's all about The devil troll and some magic meror and evil queen and something else But a lot of Evil this evil that so.......

Janna

That's pretty interesting. (Some of the girls dresses were pretty.)

Wow, this is so cool! I

Wow, this is so cool! I really liked the video, I like seeing behind the scenes stuff like that. I wish I could go to Denmark and see the play now...

@ Lena?

o0o

@ Lena P (20th comment!)

Woo.....Who knew they used to have these....

I can't find the article??

Creepy

100% freaky

@ Nadia

Wait? What is freaky?

To above.

U.. the video.

To Above

Oh okay : )
I tstill won't let me watch it so I wouldn't know.

To Above

Well this is it. Tel me what you think of the video. https://vimeo.com/377436664

30th comment!

# 30!

@NA

Umm okay?

To above.

Sorry

@NA

The dancers looked more dressed to me than they often are.

Nadia A

I actually thought it was pretty!

@ Emilia. G

Oh......k?...................no comment...........

Haha! I don't really like

Haha! I don't really like choreography that much but it wasn't bad!

Wow!

This is pretty cool! My mom read me The Snow Queen a year or two ago, and I'm going to read it during this holiday season. I love the Hans Christian Andreson stories.

@MA

That is a very interesting video. I hope it doesn't confuse the drivers to much and cause an accident. I would feel weird walking on what appeared to be a 3D crosswalk.

The video was not freaky. I

The video was not freaky. I liked the dresses! And no MA the snow queen isn't a witch. And it doesn't really matter if she is anyway.

I mean it is fantasy after

I mean it is fantasy after all! And she doesn't win in the end. You should read the story. It's really good!

At Nadia

The snow queen isn't all evil. It doesn't even have a troll in it. It's actually really sweet! You should read it!

@ Viven W

No. I am NOT going to read it. To me it says flee!!!! That's nice if you like it but for me and my house ...we don't do witchcraft.

@ Beth G

This is MA.
I would feel weird to! I watched the video like 3 times before I could figure it out!

Nadia A

But the book actually isn't Witchcraft! And even if it was, reading a book with a witch is not doing witchcraft! Have you ever red the Chronicles of Narnia? That has the White Witch but she is based off Satan and it's about Aslan defeating her. She's a witch but she gets defeated so....

@ Emilia. G

*sigh* OK I'll do my best to explain... so....
In the Bible it says that witchcraft is a spirit. It says that rebellion is as the spirit of witchcraft. ( I don't know where that's found your gonna have to bear with me:-) OK king Saul he went to a witch to call up Samuel's spirit remember that, by participating in that witchcraft he was seen in the lords eyes as a wizard. Now whatever you read, do ,see watch ,eat ,feel ,all of what you see, watch ect. It all goes into you heart if I watch things with magic, wizards, demons, dragons, ect. All that evil or bad goes into my heart. The bible says the out of the overflow of you heart the mouth speaks so if you put bible in your heart you will speak mostly of bible if you put magic, movies with magic in it you will speak mostly of that. It also says whatsoever you do do it as if doing it for the Lord not for men. So if you think watching reading things movies, books, ect. That have magic in them is pleasing to the lord then that's between you and the Lord. You should ask him what he wants you to read. Ask him if magic is pleasing to him.
He works on people. Trust me I learned that lesson the hard way. I recommend you all pray about this until you get an answer.
I hope that made since :-) tell me what you disagree with:-)

Got it!

1 Samuel 15:23
For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

@NA

So I understand most of what your saying, the only thing I didn’t get is the dragon thing what’s wrong with dragons?

Micah 5:12

Micah 5:12
12 And I will cut off witchcrafts out of thine hand; and thou shalt have no more soothsayers:

@ Beth

Dragons are used in the bible as a replica of Satan. I will find you a vers.

Dragon

Revelation 12:3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.

Revelation 12:4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.

Revelation 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

Nadia A

I don't really disagree with anything you said. Although I can tell we have different opinions about most things but that's fine! Everyone sees things differently.

@ Emilia G

yes

@ NA

For your information, in most fantasy books where there is a dragon, the dragon is evil and they seek to kill it. (Most of the time.) Also, what makes you think magic in books is witchcraft? Witchcraft is a lot different that magic in books. Many great christian men wrote books with magic and dragons and whatnot to teach a spiritual question. I agree with Vivien. In most books with magic there is dark magic and light magic, kind of like calling upon the devil and calling upon God for help. These books are not saying to actually try to do the dark magic stuff, it is a symbol. Jesus used lots of symbolic stories, ie, the parables?!?! Plus, magic in books in not real, it is something fun made up to make a point, or to entertain the readers. I would understand if it was a book that like told you to do witchcraft, but fantasy is a lot different. Would you call the supernatural witchcraft as well as demon worship? Have you ever heard of the LOTR story when the tower set collapsed? How about the parting of the Red Sea, is that witchcraft? Remember the scripture passage when Jesus said he would tear down the temple in three days and then rebuild it? All the Pharisees thought he was talking about witchcraft. But he was using the temple as a metaphor for himself. I don't believe books with magic or dragons is wrong. As to the scripture passages, all they say is that witchcraft is wrong. It says nothing about fictional magic. And as far as dragons goes, a dragon represents Satan, not is Satan. What do you have to say to that, Nadia?

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