The Little Snowman (Dutch Tour)

It is an enchanting family show after the picture book of the same title by writer and illustrator Harmen van Straaten, directed by Dick Hauser.

24 December 2016 to 7 January 2017

After several years of preparations, the time has come: The Little Snowman will be on show during the months of December 2016 and January 2017 at several theatres in the Netherlands. It is an enchanting family show after the picture book of the same title by writer and illustrator Harmen van Straaten, directed by Dick Hauser. It is the result of a unique collaboration between Dutch and Chinese theatre makers, designers and musicians.

Unique International Project | China is hot in The Netherlands. The Chinese language is taught more and more in primary schools, the Dutch are glued to the tube watching documentaries about China and there is a rapid growth and intensification of commercial and cultural exchange of knowledge between the two countries.

“The Little Snowman” is an excellent example of such exchange. The Zhong bei Yuan Theater (China) and the Twee-ater Foundation (NL) have been working together intensively on artistic, business and production matters ever since 2013. The result of this inspiring Chinese Dutch collaboration is “The Little Snowman”, a winter tale for young and old alike, which offers a special combination of theatre, dance, image and music from two very different cultures. “The Little Snowman” can be seen in December 2016 and January 2017 in China (Xian) and in theatres across the Netherlands. It is supported by various organizations, funds and government institutions in both countries.

The Chinese premiere of “The Little Snowman” will take place on 13 December in Xian and it will subsequently be on show in the Netherlands. A tour along various Chinese cities is in preparation for the 2017/2018 season, to be combined with a new series of performances in the Netherlands.

>The story | Outside, everything is covered under a blanket of snow. Inside, all the toys come to life when the clock strikes midnight. The Little Snowman is locked inside a small glass ball. He feels imprisoned and unheard. Also, he is secretely in love with the ballet dancer on the other side of the room. But she is unattainable. If just once he would get the chance to get out of that ball! The angel on the clock offers him a unique chance: the snowman can leave the ball for one hour. But no longer, because then … he will melt. What will the snowman do?

>The show | The Snowman will be played by the Dutch actor Rogier van Erkel. Tim Kamps plays the angel. The Chinese dancer and actress Zhao Xiaoli will perform the part of the dancer.

Image is the most important element in ‘The Little Snowman’, supplemented by spoken word in Chinese and Dutch. Seven musicians, playing on both Chinese and Western instruments, play live music that was especially composed for the piece

‘The Little Snowman’ is the result of a collaboration between the Zhong Bei Yuan theatre (ZBY) in Xian (China) and the Twee-ater Foundation (the Netherlands). It has been made possible through the aid of the Cultural Department of the Chinese Province of Shaanxi and Dutch performing arts funds.

‘The Little Snowman’ (4+) |

Script: Harmen van Straaten and Dick Hauser Director: Dick Hauser Assistant: Wei Lei Producers: Peter Lanting and Lily Yang General management: Guido van den Ende Music composed by: Egon Kracht and Xiaoqiang Yang Choreography: Ding Wie Costume Design: Chen Miao Stage Design: Bartel Meyburg Stage Construction: Zhang Chongxue Lightning Design: Liu Yu Lightning: Tong Xinmin Technicians Netherlands: Marco Koppers and Jeroen Hodenius Marketing & publicity: Sipke Hoekstra Production: Miki Dai and Yilina Bao Translation: Miki Dai Snowman: Rogier van Erkel Dancer: Liu Hanyu Angel (the Netherlands): Tim Kamps Toys: Alexander Brouwer, Lucia Kiel, Li Bo, Xiao-li Zhao,Chen Yifei Musicians: Egon Kracht (bass and musical director), Angelo Verploegen (trumpet), Michiel van Dijk (saxophone/clarinet), Wang Zhilin (flute), Zhao Lei (percussion), Gao Xiaohu (sheng), Chen Weina (pipa).

De Kleine Sneeuwman speelt het komende seizoen in:

Za 24 dec 2016 | Oosterhout | Theater De Bussel |

Ma 26 dec 2016 | Tilburg | Theaters Tilburg |

Di 27 dec 2016 | Groningen | Stadsschouwburg Groningen |

Wo 28 dec 2016 | Breda | Chassé Theater |

Do 29 dec 2016 | Amsterdam | Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam |

Di 3 jan 2017 | Den Haag | Koninklijke Schouwburg |

Wo 4 jan 2017 | Lelystad | Agora Theater Lelystad |

Do 5 jan 2017 | Zwolle | Zwolse Theaters |

Vr 6 jan 2017 | Den Helder | Schouwburg De Kampanje |

Zo 7 jan 2017 | Rotterdam | Theater Zuidplein |

For the press: this press release is free for publication. Producer: Stichting Twee-ater. Bookings: Bureau Vanaf2 (+31 20 636 6860 or Management and publicity: GE#sharp artists events. Questions can be addressed to Sipke Hoekstra, via or + 31 6 44 37 37 66.