With the current battle for box office going on between Snow White and the Huntsman and Mirror Mirror, it’s pretty clear that Snow White is the new vampire. We got really excited when we found out that Austin McCormick‘s New York–based mixed-media production troupe, Company XIV, produced their own live-action version of Snow White, which combines opera, circus, dance, theater, and video art. McCormick’s take on the classic tale is nothing new, but Company XIV’s representation does take a few licenses with the timeworn fable by skillfully substituting doe-eyed animals called “the kindly ones” for the usual seven dwarves.
The play incorporates a circus-like ambiance to the proceedings, while the instant musings of video installations dominate almost every scene. Not surprisingly, it turns out that the director spent considerable time among dancers from Circus Juventas and The Juilliard School while preparing for the play. At the end of the day, we can’t thumb our noses at an Evil Queen who lets loose to the Rolling Stones’ “Paint It Black,” a succinct narrator (The Huntsman, to be specific), and a cages-and-candles set that’s both industrial and romantic.
Company XIV’s Snow White will be in production at 303 Bond Theater until Jan 15.