Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

March 7—17, 2019

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

March 7—17, 2019

About the Ballet

Few books of any kind are as unique and have left such an imprint on culture as Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Beneath its surface blend of fantasy, nonsense, outlandish characters and a vivid dreamworld—an irresistible blend, especially for children—the book has a subterranean reach extending into the realms of philosophy, language, psychology and even mathematics. This has always made it an attractive text for other creative artists and choreographers are no exception. 

The renowned British choreographer Christopher Wheeldon has brought his distinctive and imaginative sensibility to Carroll’s inimitable tale and created a ballet like no other. Merging his trademark neo-classical style with the wild variety of movement afforded by Carroll’s characters, Wheeldon, along with composer Joby Talbot and set and costume wizard Bob Crowley, has shaped a visual and choreographic extravaganza that appeals to both children and adults. Lavish, startling, hilarious and boldly original, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a theatrical celebration of the liberating power of one of the great texts of childhood—and of all time.

“A brilliantly theatrical, superbly designed extravaganza of color and costume, madcap action and fluent dance” The New York Times

Alices Adventures in Wonderland Trailer

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Reviews

Alice is a monumental piece of dance art. The lavish combination of choreography, projections, sets, costumes and original music is a veritable assault on the senses. To further gild the lily, the company dances up a storm. The dancers have never looked better and there is strength in the ranks.” — The Globe and Mail,

“An exhilarating spectacle that combines the ‘wow’ factor of a hit Broadway show with stagecraft wizardry that would be the envy of Robert Lepage... A landmark theatrical event not to be missed.” — Maclean’s Magazine

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland explodes with bright ideas… full of visual delights inspired by the book.” — The Washington Post

Running Time

  • Act I 45m
  • Intermission 20m
  • Act II 30m
  • Intermission 20min
  • Act III 45min
  • Total (approx) 2h 45m

Further Reading

Synopsis

Wheeldon on Wonderland
An interview with choreographer Christopher Wheeldon

Lewis Carroll: An Unconventional Character

Credits

Choreography:
Christopher Wheeldon

Music:
Joby Talbot

Orchestrated by:
Christopher Austin and Joby Talbot

Scenario:
Nicholas Wright

Set and Costume Design:
Bob Crowley

Lighting Design:
Natasha Katz

Projection Design:
Jon Driscoll and Gemma Carrington

Sound Design:
Andrew Bruce for Autograph

A co-production of The National Ballet of Canada and The Royal Ballet (UK).

Lead philanthropic support for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is 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 McCain & Margaret McCain C.C.

Running Time

  • Act I 45m
  • Intermission 20m
  • Act II 30m
  • Intermission 20min
  • Act III 45min
  • Total (approx) 2h 45m

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