Taking place chronologically before Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale of Thumbelina begins, Anna Nekrassova offers an outstanding performance. Before Thumbelina tells the story of the title character’s mother before the seed germinates, grows roots, and creates her daughter, dealing with the struggles of an unfulfilled wish for a child. Brought to life in all its complexity by Nekrassova’s performance of dance and song, the piece also points to her masterful object manipulation and puppetry.
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