Excerpts from article in Billed Bladet #42, 2012.
Jeg kunne ikke sige nej - I couldn't say no.
Written by Annelise Weimann.
This is the biggest project yet, where QMII has been in charge of costumes and settings.
The ballet The Nutcracker will premiere on 22 November. The fairy tale will take place in Tivoli and will also feature H. C. Andersen. (*)
QMII ws quickly persuaded:
"I thought to myself: You are out of your mind. But I couldn't say no. It was way too exciting and the challenge was too big.
The Nutcracker is the biggest performance I have made until now. It has taken up a good deal of space in my life and a I have spend quite some time by drawing costumes and settings. Mentall it has also taken up space. Because when you have accepted such a task it churns around in one's head. But it has been fun, yes, it has really been amusing".
Q: You had a small role yourself in the movie The Wild Swans. Will we also see you on stage in the Nutcracker?
QMII: "No, you certainly won't. You can rest very easy". (Laughing).
She goes on about the actual story to this ballet: "I was allowed to take part as a sparring partner and to join in in creating the story with Peter Bo Bendixen, who is choeographer and Henrik Lyding who is dramaturg. I have probebly been a headache (pain in the butt) like no one else for the rest of them, but I think we have reached something good.
One always think that those ideas your have yourself are irresistable. But we have discussed them throughly to see whether they really were so good as one thought. That applies to me as to anyone else".
Q: How do you take critisism?
QMII: "I actually don't know. But I'm more or less tough I think".
(*) He would have appreciated that! H.C. Andersen was a man who very much craved attention.
There is an anecdote about him at a dinner. A some point the general coversation wasn't about him, so he "fell ill". Then the focus was on him again, - where it ought to be.