Alice in Wonderland

A brand-new, wonderfully original production of Lewis Carroll's 1872 masterpiece, in which doorways move and go nowhere, lobsters engage in court dances and TweedleDee and TweedleDum do a nice soft shoe, promises to regale Columbus audiences.  Of course, there's also tea with the Hatter, croquet with the Queen of Hearts, and other fantastical delights in BalletMet's Alice in Wonderland.

Alice in Wonderland is one of literature’s most surreally absurd yet fascinatingly popular tales.  With choreography by Gerard Charles, music by Edward Elgar and a script by Steven Anderson, this production is brought to you by some of the best in the business.  In addition, the costumes by Linda Pisano and the lighting by T. J. Gerckens are sure to take your breath away.

For Charles, creating a ballet around such a popular work has been both exhilarating and daunting.  “You want to stay true to the original, but also to be creative and invent something new,” he says.  “In this case, the challenge is balancing everyone’s expectations with the fact that the original work is, in fact, literary, not dance.”

This show is geared as much toward adults as it is toward the younger set, so everyone can partake in the madness.  As Lewis Carroll asked, “Will you, won't you, will you, won't you, will you join the dance?”

Balletmet’s production of Alice in Wonderland will run February 9th – 19th, 2006, at the Capitol Theatre.

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