Anna Nekrassova: Before Thumbelina

Anna Nekrassova: Before Thumbelina

Oh My Puppets! minifestival

I am a desert, full of tumbleweeds. No flowers, no rain. Fear crawls towards me, digs itself out from the dry ground, takes me in its tight embrace and whispers: “What if yet this seed will change nothing?

Before Thumbelina is an everyday fairytale for adults. Telling a story about a person’s struggles; challenges with infertility, dreams and fears.

Carried by song, rhythms as well as puppet and object theatre, the first solo performance by Anna Nekrassova focuses on the moment before H.C. Andersen’s renowned story of Thumbelina. The very moment is focused on the story’s Mother, a character we only get to see by glimpse in the original tale.

Before Thumbelina premiered at Turku International Puppetry Festival during the festival’s first day.

Running time 45 min
Location & accessibility Cirko – Center for New Circus
Age recommendation 15+
Tickets 20/15 €
Sat 23.4. at 16:00 Sat 23.4. at 19:00


Scenbography and puppets

Laura Hallantie

Sound design and composition

Antti-Juhani Manninen

Light Design

Irene Lehtonen

Rhythm design assistance

Akseli Nivala


Jesper Dolgov