A Tivoli Fairy Tale is on its way
H.C. Andersen knew Tivoli very well, he was a friend of Tivoli's founder, Georg Carstensen. This is why Tivoli finds it natural to participate in the celebration of the writer's bicentenary. The first of Tivoli's two major H.C. Andersen events was presented at a press conference in Tivoli today, 16 August.
By ms - H.C. Andersen 2005 - 16 August 2004
H.C. Andersen knew Tivoli very well, he was a friend of Tivoli's founder, Georg Carstensen, and was greatly inspired by the Chinese buildings and the gardens when he wrote "Nattergalen" ("The Nightingale") in just two days.
This is why Tivoli finds it natural to participate in the celebration of the writer's bicentenary. The first of Tivoli's two major H.C. Andersen events was presented at a press conference in Tivoli today, 16 August.
A Tivoli Fairy Tale will be a spectacular 'show', best described a an extravaganza of puppets, light, music, pyrotecnics and special effects: every night after dusk 5-metre tall brightly shining puppets will move from the fountain by the Concert Hall, where a stage is built.
The puppets will continue towards the Open Air Stage on a podium on which Tivoli's guest also will see dancers, hear newly composed music, story-telling and fireworks. The spectacular puppets each represent a Hans Cristian Andersen fairy tale and the guests will get in to the HansChristian Andersen universe, when the fairy tales float by while the story-teller tells the stories.
A Tivoli Fairy Tale is created by Gary Paben (USA). Paben is best known for creating spectaculars. During his career, he has been a college professor, the Executive Vice-President of Entertainment at Madison Square Garden, and for over twenty years, Senior Show Director at Walt Disney World.
As Senior Show Director for The Walt Disney Company at Walt Disney World, Gary traveled the globe responsible for creating, writing and directing over 200 projects for casts of from 6 to 20,000. Highlights include the opening of three theme parks, three Super Bowl Half-Time Shows and many of Disney's celebrated Millennium activities including Tapestry of Nations.
With Paben is producer Bettina Buckley. As a producer, Bettina has lead numerous special events, theme park, and theatrical production feats including the production of four Super Bowl Halftime Shows for Walt Disney Entertainment, the Walt Disney World Resort 25th Anniversary show production including the opening of three different theme parks for The Walt Disney Company including Disneyland Paris.
Gary Paben, Bettina Buckley and the Tivoli-team have been working for over a year on a A Tivoli Fairy Tale. Right now the puppets are being created in Florida, and in the early spring they will arrive in Tivoli. A Tivoli Fairy Tale is premiered on 14 May and shows every night except Fridays.
Facts on A Tivoli Fairy Tale
Creative director: Gary Paben
Producer: Bettina Buckley
Music: Jonathan Barr
Recording: London Symphony Orchestra
Story-telling and singing:
Louise Fribo & Kurt Ravn
Show co-ordinator: Susanne Breuning
A Tivoli Fairy Tale is supported by The H.C. Andersen 2005 Foundation with a contribution of 2 million kroner (app. 270.000 EURO).