New Victory Danish Festival

The New Victory Theater�s first-ever New Victory Danish Festival, a project of the Danish Arts Council�s DaNY Arts initiative of Denmark.

From 4 - 13 May 2007, five of Denmark�s most acclaimed performing arts companies take residence in The Duke on 42nd Street and the New 42nd Street Studios - five intimate and nontraditional playing spaces - to present the U.S. premieres of five works for young audiences.

Cora Cahan, President of The New Victory Theater and The New 42nd Street said "The Danish Festival reflects the principal aspiration of The New Victory and The New 42nd Street: to introduce theater that never panders, is often wondrous, sometimes risky, frequently challenging, and always of high artistic merit, to our splendid audience of kids and families."

Featuring the best from a country internationally acclaimed for its work for young audiences, the Festival is the first organized festival of Danish theater for children in North America.

New Victory Danish Festival five presentations are:

  • Songs from Above
    Incorporating elements of theater and puppetry
    written and direcyed by Mette Rosleff
    Produced by Teater My and Teater Refleksion
    Synopsis: Kick off your shoes and enter a magical white tent strewn with stars to savor life�s simplest pleasures. A diorama of innocent and joyful moments is revealed: splashing through puddles, running barefoot on the summer grass, being tucked into bed at night.
    Best for Ages 2 to 5.
    Venue: New Victory at Studio 4A

  • Elephant and Crocodile
    by Max Velthujs
    Directed by Marc van der Velden
    Produced by Corona La Balance
    Synopsis: Elephant lives alone and enjoys his peace and quiet. Crocodile moves in next-door and loves to play his violin - at all hours! With only a thin wall separating their lives, can these two solitary characters find harmony and become friends.
    Cast: S�ren M�ller Pedersen and Pio Simonsen.
    Best for Ages 5 and older
    Venue: The Duke On 42nd Street

  • The Attic Under the Sky
    Incorporating elements of theater and puppetry
    Directed by Sara Tops�e-Jensen
    Produced by Teater My and Teater Refleksion
    Synopsis: A young girl with a big imagination discovers a hidden world in this whimsical, wistful and wordless play. With surprises around every corner, she and her delightful, steadfast guide open box upon box containing secrets, memories and dreams of days gone by.
    Best for Ages 6 and older
    Venue: New Victory at Studio 4B

  • Hans Christian, You Must be an Angel
    Incorporating elements of theater and puppetry
    Directed by Bodil Alling
    Produced by Gruppe 38
    Synopsis: The princess� pea rolls around on a topsy-turvy plate and the Snow Queen�s rose suddenly freezes in an icy glass vase. Gather around the table for an extraordinary feast for the senses in this innovative mix of theater, puppetry, film and special effects. Staged in a room set for an elegant birthday party, two waiters guide you through nearly two-dozen magical place settings that spring into motion unlocking the identity of each fairy tale guest.
    Cast: Bodil Alling, Joakim Eggert, Kim Kirkeby, S�ren S�nderg, and Katja Lisboa
    Best for Ages 8 and older
    Venue: New Victory at Studio 4A

  • Diva
    Puppet Theatre
    by Sofie Krog
    Produced by Sofie Krog Teater
    Synopsis: In the depths of a dark and quirky cabaret, the lives of a beautiful diva, her lovesick butler, a mischievous lab assistant and a beyond-mad scientist are about to collide.
    Cast: Puppeteer Sofie Krog manipulates all of the action on multiple stages from inside a small revolving theater.
    Best for ages 12 and older - contains mature subject matter.
    Venue: New Victory at Studio 4B