Step into a world of imagination as we bring the enchanting tale of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” to life through the art of ballet – a captivating dance form that tells stories through graceful movements and expressive choreography. Whether you’re a dance enthusiast or new to the world of performing arts, this show promises an unforgettable experience for everyone!
Alice, as adapted by Ms. Yana Lewis, the Artistic Director, brings to stage the whimsical and fantastical realm that the protagonist explores in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. From the world of literature, the show takes a classic to stage with ballet, in India! The 180+ performers on stage will be senior ballet students from The Lewis Foundation and the National Youth Ballet company, in bespoke costumes and dancing to a varied music score.
A tumble down the rabbit hole and a step through the tiny door, Alice enters a magical delight of imagination. Whether it’s joining in for a jestful dance with Tweedledee and Tweedledum, sipping tea with the Mad Hatter clique, or playing croquet with flamingos and hedgehogs in the Queen of Hearts’ land, Alice does it all. In a bid to find the White Rabbit, the one who kindled her to come through, Alice doesn’t hold back and engages in all the whims and fancies of the land.
The show consists of two acts with a short interval in between.
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Alice and her teacher are seated under a tree, with Alice disinterested in the pages so dull without pictures, finding the horizon far more stimulating. She detaches herself from the barrage of words and moves to sway with the daisies in the wind. Her frolicking has her catch a sight of the White Rabbit, holding a pocket watch in his hand. She follows him and tumbles down a seemingly unending rabbit hole. When she reaches the bottom of it, she runs to search for him – who vanishes through a tiny door. Spotting a bottle that says “Drink Me,” she takes a sip and turns into a pocket-sized version of herself, now ready to get through the door. The key to the door catches her eye but she gets distracted by the biscuits labeled “Eat Me” and grows so much that it’s difficult for her to keep up straight, and cries enough in distress that her tears fill up the tiny room. Few more sips of the “Drink Me” potion, she finds herself swishing out of the door and into the magical, mysterious, and mystical Wonderland.
As she wanders, she frolics with the twins of the land, Tweedledee and Tweedledum. Alice joins along for the synchronised spectacle and is wholly entertained by them. With an aim in mind to find the White Rabbit, Alice once again treads in search of him leaving the twins wondering where she went.
The White Rabbit spots Alice, mistakes her for his maid Mary Ann, and then enlists her help in finding his gloves. While rummaging through the chest of drawers, Alice finds another biscuit which she eats grows leaps and bounds in size. The White Rabbit dazed at her size looks for ways to help her return to her normal size. With a throw of the carrot, she shrinks and is back to helping the White Rabbit. In the process, Alice gets engrossed and doesn’t realize that the White Rabbit has stealthily left by then.
In a bid to find him again, she steps out and begins to walk along in the Wonderland. She finds herself entering a flower garden where to her surprise, they all start engaging in conversation with her. The glitz and galore doesn’t last long as the flowers turn aggressive and push her out. As sadness ensues over her, the caterpillar appears and leads her back into the depths of Wonderland.
Post her meet, Alice continues her journey into the woods whilst, in another part of the land, the Mad Hatter, March Hare and Dormouse are engaged in merrymaking with Rocking Horse Flies buzzing around. The Cheshire Cat appears in front of Alice and guides her to the March Hare’s tea party, leaving behind only his grin. Mad Hatter ropes Alice into the tea party, the limelight of the land, where she finally gets on the same path as the White Rabbit whom she once again follows but can’t keep track of and ends up in between the forests, stressed and on the verge of breaking down. While the Bread and Butterflies are clearing out the tea party Alice just left, the momewraths appear and point her in the direction she ought to go.
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In the Queen of Hearts’ gardens, a crisis unfolds as white roses are mistakenly planted instead of red, risking the wrath of the Queen which can lead to their heads being chopped off. To avoid punishment, the cards hastily paint all the bushes red, with Alice joining in. Amidst the chaos, the Queen, King, and Knave of Hearts appear and The Queen orders the executions of a few of the cards over trivial matters. The Knave catches Alice’s presence, treats her with a heart tart, and persuades her to dance in the palace gardens.
On the other hand, The Queen is raging at a missing heart tart and accuses the Knave and Alice of eating those. As the Queen is about to order the execution of them, the Mad Hatter appears in a bid to distract her and ultimately, an unusual game of croquet with flamingoes, hedgehogs, and cards as equipment is initiated.
During the game, Alice accuses the Queen of cheating, triggering a dispute. The Queen, feeling threatened, calls for her execution, bypassing due process and condemning Alice but the King convinces for a Trial. As witnesses testify, including the March Hare who gets dismissed, and the Dormouse who sides with Alice, justice seems elusive. Without remorse, the Queen decides to go with her heart’s desires and sentences Alice. In an attempt to escape, Alice, followed by cards, runs through a tunnel of hearts, only to discover they are mere paper.
Suddenly, Alice finds herself back in a daisy field, bewildered and questioning whether her experiences are fantasy or reality as she pulls out a glove with W.R. and a heart embroidered on them.
Alice – The Ballet ,is not just a performance, it’s an invitation to dream and explore, to witness the limitless potential of imagination brought to life through the art of ballet.
The vibrant costumes, engaging music, and a story that sparks imagination make this show a perfect introduction to the arts for children. It’s a chance for them to see their favorite characters come alive and to inspire a lifelong love for the performing arts.
Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to be part of a spellbinding adventure.
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Date : 17 December 2023
Two shows : 12.30pm and 5.30pm
Duration : 90 minutes
Venue: Dr. BR Ambedkar Bhavan, Vasanthnagar, Bangalore.
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