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Lewis Carroll’s immortal children’s story Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has long fascinated not just generations of children and readers, but artists in other disciplines. Its irresistible blend of whimsical, fantastical characters and wildly outrageous narrative along with the slyly knowing, subversive strain in its makeup has always attracted the interest of everyone from filmmakers to philosophers. Choreographers are no exception. And in Christopher Wheeldon, the Carroll classic has undoubtedly found its ideal choreographic interpreter.
Wheeldon’s version of the story is an unforgettable fantasia in dance, with the familiar figures from the book coming to startling, brilliant, hilarious and even frightening life and the consummate choreography merging with the visionary sets and costumes by Bob Crowley and a brilliantly evocative score by Joby Talbot. Taken as a whole, the work is not just a sublime re-iteration of one of our culture’s great and formative texts, it is a celebration of imagination itself, an evening of childhood wonder brought to exhilarating life.
“★★★★/4 Delightful… irresistibly captivating. Audiences responded with unbridled enthusiasm.” Toronto Star
“The bright light of Alice will never dim. It is a ballet that will keep revealing its riches.” —The Globe and Mail
“Continues to wow with its rich score, clever choreography and over-the-top theatrical design. Alice has set the standard for 21st-century narrative ballet.” —National Post
“★★★★★/5 Potent magic.” —Toronto Sun
“The National Ballet of Canada's Alice is a wonderland… technical brilliance, comedy, acting and élan by Canada's premiere ballet company, an impressively disciplined ensemble that I wish would visit these parts more often… a perfect show for all audiences.” —The OC Register
Sonia Rodriguez (March 14, 29 at 2:00 pm / March 19, 27 at 7:30 pm)
Jillian Vanstone (March 14, 18, 21, 25, 28 at 7:30 pm)
Elena Lobsanova (March 15, 22 at 2:00 pm / March 20 at 7:30 pm)
Tanya Howard* (March 21, 28 at 2:00 pm / March 26 at 7:30 pm)
Jack/The Knave of Hearts
Keiichi Hirano (March 14, 29 at 2:00 pm / March 19, 27 at 7:30 pm)
Naoya Ebe (March 14, 18, 21, 25, 28 at 7:30 pm)
McGee Maddox (March 15, 22 at 2:00 pm / March 20 at 7:30 pm)
Evan McKie* (March 21, 28 at 2:00 pm / March 26 at 7:30 pm)
Lewis Carroll/The White Rabbit
Robert Stephen (March 14, 29 at 2:00 pm / March 19, 27 at 7:30 pm)
Dylan Tedaldi (March 14, 18, 21, 25, 28 at 7:30 pm)
Piotr Stanczyk (March 15, 22 at 2:00 pm / March 20 at 7:30 pm)
Skylar Campbell* (March 21, 28 at 2:00 pm / March 26 at 7:30 pm)
Mother/The Queen of Hearts
Xiao Nan Yu (March 14, 29 at 2:00 pm / March 19, 27 at 7:30 pm)
Greta Hodgkinson (March 14, 18, 21, 25, 28 at 7:30 pm)
Svetlana Lunkina (March 15, 21, 22, 28 at 2:00 pm / March 20, 26 at 7:30 pm)
Father/The King of Hearts
All casting subject to change.
Wheeldon on Wonderland
An interview with choreographer Christopher Wheeldon
Alice’s Multi-Coloured Sounds
An interview with composer Joby Talbot
Assistant to the Choreographer:
Christopher Austin and Joby Talbot
Set and Costume Design:
Andrew Bruce for Autograph
A co-production of The National Ballet of Canada and The Royal Ballet.
Lead philanthropic support for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland provided by an anonymous friend of the National Ballet with additional support generously provided by The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation, Richard M. Ivey, C.C., Rosamond Ivey, Judith & Robert Lawrie and Wallace & Margaret McCain C.C.
Composer Joby Talbot praised the National Ballet Orchestra, saying "They're the most amazing bunch of musicians. I've never enjoyed working with an orchestra so much."
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Top image credit: Xiao Nan Yu with Artists of the Ballet in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Photo by Bruce Zinger.