Grimm Tales at Ballet Austin

Visual art and dance forming a feverish nightmare

Grimm Tales at Ballet Austin is a hyper-stimulating visual experience wherein Natalie Frank‘s compelling drawings and Stephen Mills‘ contemporary choreography demand equal attention. Seen through Frank’s women protagonist-focused perspectives, these fairytale adaptations draw into light the gruesome warnings the original Brothers Grimm stories tell. Two years in the making, the production began when the curator of Austin’s Blanton Museum of Art, Veronica Roberts, introduced Mills to Frank’s …

Folktales Behind Iceland’s Natural Formations

Dating back to the 12th century, some of Iceland’s folktales are more than the average fairytale. In fact, many are still held in such high regard that some recent “construction projects, including a proposed road development through the ancient Gálgahraun lava field, have been halted because the area is believed to be home to elves and dwarves.” From Drangey Island to rock formations in Dimmuborgir …