Bogdan Pawlowsky
Snow White
Ballet for children in two acts
Libretto: Witold Borkowsky and Stanislav Petrowsky based on the fairy-tale by Grimm brothers
Choreography: Henrikh Mayorov

At the beginning of the story, the Good Queen sits with her King and beautiful young daughter – Snow White. Sadly, the Good Queen dies.

After a year has passed, Snow White’s father, the King, takes a new wife, who is very beautiful, but a wicked and vain woman. The King dies. The new queen, Snow White’s evil stepmother, possesses a magic mirror, which she asks every morning, «Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?» The mirror always replies: «My Queen, you are the fairest one of all.» The Queen is always pleased with that, because the magic mirror never lies. But as Snow White grows up, she becomes more beautiful each day and even more beautiful than the Queen, and when the Queen asks her mirror, it says; «My Queen, you are the fairest here so true. But Snow White is a thousand times more beautiful than you.»

The Queen orders a huntsman to take Snow White into the deepest woods to be killed. The huntsman takes Snow White into the forest. After raising his knife, he finds himself unable to kill the girl.

After wandering through the forest for days, Snow White discovers a tiny cottage belonging to Seven Dwarfs. Since no one is at home, she eats some of the tiny meals and  falls asleep. When the seven dwarfs return home, they discover the sleeping Snow White. The girl wakes up and explains to them what happened and the dwarfs take pity on her, saying; «If you will keep house for us, and cook, make beds, wash, sew, and knit, and keep everything clean and orderly, then you can stay with us, and you shall have everything that you want.» They warn her to be careful when alone at home and to let no one in when they are away delving in the mountains.

At the palace the Queen discovers that the Huntsman did not kill Snow White. Furious, she transforms herself into an old peddler and puts a spell on an apple to kill Snow White herself.  Snow White, unaware of who she is, welcomes her into the home and takes a bite of the poisonous apple. The animals of the forest attack the peddler and scare her from the forest forever.  The dwarfs sadly carry Snow White into the forest and stay by her side.  After searching near and far, the Prince finds his way to the forest.  He kisses Snow White and breaks the spell. Snow White awakens and they live happily ever after.