Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has charm and spectacle in abundance and is beautifully choreographed by a leading innovator in the story ballet, Christopher Wheeldon. A tap-dancing Mad Hatter, hurried White Rabbit and comical Queen of Hearts join the fanciful cast of characters who bring Lewis Carroll’s story to life, with the addition of a love interest for Alice. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland features puppetry and video projections in a brilliant design by Bob Crowley, an original score by Joby Talbot and lighting by Natasha Katz.
The story begins innocently enough, with Alice attending a garden party on an ordinary afternoon. But things become curious (and curiouser) when her friend Lewis Carroll transforms into a rabbit right before her eyes and falls headfirst down a rabbit hole to Wonderland, with Alice following closely behind. Wonderland proves anything but predictable and Alice soon finds herself in unusual, often sinister, company. All the while, she is falling in love with the Knave of Hearts.
Christopher Wheeldon is Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet, former Resident Choreographer of New York City Ballet, and a former dancer with both companies. He is now a multi-award-winning choreographer creating work internationally for ballet, theatre and film. He was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2016.
English composer Joby Talbot has written widely for opera and dance. His collaborations include Wayne McGregor’s Chroma and Entity, and Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Winter’s Tale, both co-productions between The Royal Ballet and The National Ballet of Canada.
“a sophisticated ballet, born aloft by thrilling dancing that will tug you out of your theatre seat into a world of wonder.” – The Hamilton Spectator
“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.” – The Globe and Mail
“An eye-bogglingly spectacular adaptation of a children’s literary classic filled with colourful characters, innocent romance” – Toronto Star
“Ingenious stagecraft and special effects… Mr. Wheeldon lent the story a new energy and meaningfulness, and a score by Joby Talbot provided an aching sentiment” – The Economist
“Over the course of nearly three hours, the theatrical wonders of choreographer Christopher Wheeldon's three-act Alice's Adventures in Wonderland keep tumbling and flowing into place.” – The Wall Street Journal
“A brilliantly theatrical, superbly designed (by Bob Crowley) extravaganza of color and costume, madcap action and fluent dance” ‐ The New York Times
Orchestrated by Christopher Austin and Joby Talbot
Set and Costume Design:
Jon Driscoll and Gemma Carrington
Andrew Bruce for Autograph
Premiere: The Royal Ballet, Covent Garden, London, UK, February 28, 2011
The National Ballet of Canada Premiere: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto, June 4, 2011
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, Robert & Judith Lawrie and Wallace McCain & Margaret McCain, C.C.
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