a fairy tale of salt and ice

A visually stunning children’s music theatre project inspired by the legends, salt mines and ice caves of the Austrian Salzkammergut with the artistic vision of  pop-up paper sculptures, origami techniques and paper engineering.

Subject to change
Artwork by Ruben Zahra. Pop-up paper sculpture by Peter Dahmen

Ruben Zahra (Music & Direction)
Susanne Felicitas Wolf (Script)
Silke Grabinger (Choreography)
Peter Dahmen (Pop-up paper sculptures)
Polly Verity, Kaori Kato (Costumes, props and masks)
Sonja Zobel (Actress), Hannah Durchschlag (Violin I), Elena Anreiter (Violin II), Johanna Zillinger (Viola), Annemaria Kohlndorfer (Cello), Michael Waldl (Percussion)
Wilhelm Zelch (Choir master and conductor), Susanne Kao (Dance teacher), Landesmusikschule, Laakirchen

Kerstin Glachs (Project Manager)
With the kind support of EU-Japan Fest Japan Committee

February 2024

About the project

SALTICE connects children with professional artists for an interdisciplinary production which includes storytelling, music, dance, paper art and videography.

The story, written by Susanne Felicitas Wolf, is inspired by the regional treasure trove of legends, the history of salt mining and the famous ice caves of the Austrian Salzkammergut. The vision of composer and director Ruben Zahra is to adopt paper as the primary material for the costumes, props and set design through the application of origami techniques, pop-up sculptures and paper engineering. The contemporary aesthetic of the mise-en-scène is also reflected in the music and the dances choreographed by Silke Grabinger.

SALTICE includes the participation of a children’s choir, a music ensemble, professional dancers with students from the Landesmusikschule under the direction of Wilhelm Zelch.


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