"Mother Hulda's Girls". Scene 4 of Sisters Grimm.
90 x 160 cm
"Oversleeping Beauty". Scene 3 of Sisters Grimm. 90 x 160 cm
"Snow Wight and Huntsman". Scene 2 of Sisters Grimm. 90 x 90 cm
"Red Riding Hood, re-ridden". Scene 1 of Sisters Grimm. 90 x 160 cm
200 years ago, the German philologists Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm published the first edition of their famous anthology of fairy tales: the Kinder- und Hausmärchen. Since then, there have been dozens of interpretations of those stories, and artists have created countless works based on them.
With this new series, that was conceived together with Theresa Glanzberg and Christina Wöllner, we are seeing the classic fairy tales in a different and modern context, with hints at women's liberation, but with a slightly ironic touch. A lot of conceptual work was necessary to prepare the different scenes and sets, six in total, recreating some of the most famous tales of the anthology. Red Riding Hood and Snow White were produced in 2012 and 2013, Sleeping Beauty and the remaining three stories are staged in the first half of 2014.
Scene 1 was produced in November 2012. Post-production by Philipp Schmitt was finished in September 2013. Cast: Caroline Siebert, Bastian von Bömches, Janine Drost (masks). Location: Prötzel Castle.
Look behind the scenes
Scene 2 was completed in December 2013 at David and Galstaun Studios, Berlin. Cast: Irina Ushakova, Christian Harting, Janine Drost (body make-up artist), Theresa Glanzberg (set management), Vivien Schlüter (fashion designer), Antje Schrader (costume designer), Gisela Radu (antique jewelry).
Snow White in the making
Scene 3 was produced in Jaunary 2014 at Castle Altdöbern, a place from the mid-18th century that's currently being restored. (Thus the cracks in the walls.) The portraits of the four princes were shot at Photoacademy Studios, Berlin. The portrait of Sleeping Beauty at young age was produced at Greif Studio, Berlin. Cast: Theresa Glanzberg, Marco Beinbrech, David Bühn, Raimund Waigmann, Gustav Wellner Bou. Make-up and effects: Janine Drost. Lights and Set Management: Nils Herres. Post-processing and retouch: Philipp Schmitt.