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Lewis Carroll’s ever-popular story provides the basis for Christopher Wheeldon’s spectacular new work, starring Royal Ballet Principal Lauren Cuthbertson.
Captivating designs by Bob Crowley, an engaging and passionate score by Joby Talbot, and Wheeldon’s breathtaking choreography combine to produce in the words of The Times “Spectacular family entertainment brought to life with enormous theatrical verve.’’
The Jury enthusiastically enjoyed reviewing this exciting and highly innovative new production from the Royal Ballet — the first new work to be commissioned by the company for two decades!
Read the “Daily Telegraph” article on the background to this exciting new production here which says that it contributes to showing that “London is the capital of dance”.
What the Jury liked:
We have never before had a Jury so unanimous in its praise for a production. Furthermore, by showing them the superb “making of” documentary that is included on the disc before they saw the actual performance, they were particularly eager to see how all that work and long preparation would be translated into a staged event.
And they were not disappointed!
Their reaction proved that this really is a show with something for everybody — adults, children, seasoned afficionados and those who are new to ballet. There is so much inventiveness, so much superlative dancing technique, imaginative staging and memorable music that it succeeds in delighting audiences of all kinds.
In other words, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” has the power to enchant everyone !!!
J’ai beaucoup aimé le mariage classique/moderne, les “clins d’œil”, l’humour, les costumes, surtout dans l’Acte II. Beaucoup d’inventions — Alice est extraordinaire, ingénue avec quelques airs de J. Binoche !
This was a very exciting ballet. Loved the music. Costumes very well done - and really loved that cat! Seeing the “making of” at the beginning enhanced the whole wonderful experience.
Très belle création - réalisation à la fois originale et très classique. Musique innovante, très agréable à suivre dans la gestuelle et le jeu du ballet.
Adored everything - fantastic scenery - loved the cat - The queen was extraordinary. Everything was sensational! What a privilege to see it!
Ballet extraordinaire. On passe du comique au burlesque puis au romantisme. Classicisme au départ qui glisse vers le modernisme et le contemporanéité, accompagné d’une musique très originale et adapté à chaque jeu de scène. Troupe de ballet hors pair qui fait preuve d’une technicité remarquable.
Mise en scène extraordinaire. J’ai adoré! Bien que la perfection n’existe pas, je n’hésite pas à donner 20/20 partout.
Loved the music that moves with the different scenes, romantic and then very vivid. Fantastic interpretation of the story. Not one moment of boredom. The costumes and set design were fabulous. Highly innovative.
J’ai beaucoup aimé la virtuosité des danseurs, les costumes, la musique, l’éclairage, les traits d’humour, les inventions et les effets scéniques (par ex. le chat !).
Magical! What talent! The music was delightful. The choreography interesting, the costumes imaginative… It was absolutely enchanting. The corps de ballet was perfect and Alice so exquisite. Superbly supported by a wonderful orchestra.
Cette expérience digne d’un ballet en live à l’Opéra Bastille. Chorographie et scénographie fabuleuses.
Wonderful interpretation from Alice, superb dancer, so gifted, such beauty… A quite remarkable production.
What the Jury liked less:
90% of the jury had no negative comments to make. One member regretted not being in London to see it live. Two others found parts of Act One seemed a little long before all the magic started…
Choreography / performance: A+
HDVD production: A+
Overall ranking: A+
Adventures in Wonderland
Two Video Crits, in which Chantal, an expert in dyslexia from Belgium, sees the Alice story as a clear illustration of what dyslexia involves—living in an inner world, full of imagination, and then coming back down to earth again. She also describes OperaDou as “an extraordinary, baroque place - and we don’t have anything like it in Brussels!”
In the next Crit, Pascal describes Lauren Cuthertson as the “Binoche of the dance”. He is reminded by “West Side Story” in the second half with its syncopated rhythms and energy.