"Ciné-mains: The Original Snow White" (lecture / performance)
A promenade through photo prints, film excerpts, and other ephemera, "The Original Snow White" tells the story of Marge Belcher, a young ballerina in Los Angeles in the early 1930s. Marge was the model for Snow White, a fairy-tale figure described by the Grimm brothers, for the feature-length animation film Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, released by Walt Disney in 1937.
This story is the core of a Ciné-mains lecture-performance in which Hilde D'haeyere approaches film history by handling, manufacturing, and manipulating archival images and objects in front of a live audience. Grasping hold of archival materials, fingering their textures, and leafing through images, not only reclaims the grip of manual work in the era of industrial labour for today's touch-screen audiences, but also continues history as the handing down of stories, while possibly generating comedy.
+ Pilvi Takala - ‘The Real Snow White’
The absurd logic of the ‘real character’ and the extreme discipline of Disneyland become apparent when a real fan of Disney's Snow White is banned from entering the park in a Snow White costume. As visitors are encouraged to dress up and a lot of costume-like merchandise is sold at the park, the full costumes are only sold for children. The Disney slogan ‘Dreams Come True’ of course means dreams produced exclusively by Disney. Anything even slightly out of control immediately evokes fear of these real, possibly dark and perverse dreams coming true. The fantasy of the innocent Snow White doing something bad is so obviously real, that the security guards and management refer to it when explaining why the visitor can’t enter the park dressed up as Snow White.