Hvit som snø* (White as Snow)

Hvit som snø * (White as Snow) (1985) was a puppetry production by Petrusjka Teater, loosely based on Alexander Pushkin's fairytale poem about Snow White, The Tale of the Dead Princess.

Ole Bruun-Rasmussen and Anne-Grete Bergsland directed it.

Hvit som snø was about a young girl's dawning idea of herself as a woman, about jealousy between mother and daughter, about feeling rejected by one's parents, and about maturing to take responsibility for oneself.

*Not yet translated into the English. The title within parentheses is the Norwegian title's literal meaning.


(Objekt ID 24007)
Object type Production
Premiere Navember 1, 1985
Produced by Petrusjka Teater
In collaboration with The Norwegian Touring Theatre (Riksteatret)
Based on Tsardatteren by Aleksandr Sergejevitsj Pusjkin
Audience Children (from 6)
Number of events 72
Language Norwegian
Keywords Puppetry, Performance for children, Fairytale
Running period Navember 1, 1985  

Requirements to venue

Blackout Yes


Buresund, Inger and Anne-Britt Gran (1996): Frie grupper og Black Box Teater. 1970-1995 (literally: Independent companies and Black Box Teater. 1970-1995), adNotam Gyldendal, Oslo

Performing Arts Hub Norway, The catalogue of Performing Arts Hub Norway 86, 15.10.2013

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Contributors (14)
Name Role
Aleksandr Sergejevitsj Pusjkin – Author
Anne Grethe Bergsland – Dramatised by
Tor Gunnar Heggem – Translation
Anne Grethe Bergsland – Direction
Ole Bruun-Rasmussen – Direction
Jaap den Hertog – Music
Tatjana Zaitzow – Stage design
Jan-Emil Indergaard – Sound
Eirik Lie – Light
Trygve Olsen – Light
Anne Grethe Bergsland – Puppeteer (Kongen / Prinsen / Hunden / Sju riddere)
Jaap den Hertog – Puppeteer (Prinsesse Zinajd)
Tatjana Zaitzow – Puppeteer (Dronningen / Sju riddere / Tsjernavka)
Tatjana Zaitzow – Puppet maker
Performance dates
June 15, 1986Lille scene (Vika), Black Box teater Show
June 15, 1986Lille scene (Vika), Black Box teater Show
June 14, 1986Lille scene (Vika), Black Box teater Show
June 14, 1986Lille scene (Vika), Black Box teater Show
1986Riksteatret, The Norwegian Touring Theatre (Riksteatret) Tour Premiere
Navember 1, 1985Teaterloftet, Trøndelag Theatre Worldwide premiere
Press coverage

Writer and date unknown, Aftenposten [Oslo]:
"Here, it is about a fairytale of the good old kind - The Tale of a Dead Princess by Pushkin, near indistinguishable from the story of Snow White. The form is different than the usual, as it is told without words. The music and the stage design, and obviously also the expressive puppets floating around the room, are to talk in their own fairytale-like language. As all good productions for children, the action also relates to a reality the children can recognise."