HCA NEWS Thumbelina goes to Japan

Set designs for a performance of Hans Christian Andersen's Thumbelina in Japan, to be staged in celebration of the Hans Christian Andersen bicentenary in 2005, will be created by Danish set designer Frands Christiansen in association with the Tinderbox Children's House of Culture in Odense.

By ms - H.C. Andersen 2005 - 06 December 2004

The Enchanted World of Thumberella will be on show from April 2005 at the Hans Christian Andersen Park in the Japanese town of Funebashi, which is twinned with Odense. At the park in Funebashi, which lies just outside Tokyo, children and the young at heart are given the opportunity to experience the world through the eyes of Thumberella when entering a world of giant flowers and other oversized objects.
Chairperson of the Tinderbox Conny Stolberg-Rohr states:
"This is a long-awaited project that has finally come to fruition. We will now be able to bring Andersen to life at the Hans Christian Andersen Park in Funebashi. Our choice of Thumberella reflects the fact that nature is such an integrate part of Japanese culture. Nature was also a central theme for Hans Christian Andersen. The project unites Japanese tradition and the notions of the great Danish storyteller, and that is the extraordinary beauty of the project."
The sets will be produced in the towns of Odense and Ebeltoft in Denmark and will be designed by Danish set designer Frands Christiansen, who will travel to Japan in March or April 2005 to oversee the construction of the stage sets.