Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
At a garden party on a sunny afternoon, Alice is surprised to see a mysterious white rabbit. When she follows it down a hole, things get curiouser and curiouser…
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Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland arrived on the stage in 2011 with a burst of colour, theatrical magic and inventive choreography. It was The Royal Ballet’s first full-length work since 1995 and was instantly acclaimed as a classic. Joby Talbot’s score combines sweeping melodies, which gesture to ballet scores of the 19th century, with contemporary effects. Bob Crowley’s wildly imaginative sets and costumes draw on puppetry, projections and masks to bring Wonderland to life.
Alice encounters a cast of extraordinary characters down the rabbit hole: from the highly-strung Queen of Hearts, who performs a hilarious rendition of the famous Rose Adagio from The Sleeping Beauty; to dancing playing cards; a sinuous caterpillar and a tap-dancing Mad Hatter. There is a love narrative for Alice and the Knave of Hearts, and they dance a tender pas de deux at the close of Act II. But the ballet does not avoid the darker undercurrents of Lewis Carroll’s story – a nightmarish kitchen, an eerily disembodied Cheshire Cat and an unhinged tea party are all created in vivid detail.
National Ballet of Canada
About 2 hours and 55 minutes including 2 intervals. Act One will last for about 47 minutes followed by a 20 minute interval. Act Two will last for about 29 minutes followed by a 25 minute interval. Act Three will last for about 45 minutes.
|Orchestrated by||Christopher Austin|
|Orchestrated by||Joby Talbot|
|Lighting design||Natasha Katz|
|Projection design||John Driscoll|
|Projection design||Gemma Carrington|
|Assistant Choreographer||Jacquelin Barrett|
|Ballet Master||Christopher Saunders|
|Dance Notator||Anna Treviet|
|Dance Notator||Gemma Carrington|