Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Review: Alice in Wonderland

IT was an important date for a curious tea party that brought dance fans to the Kenton for Ballet Theatre

IT was an important date for a curious tea party that brought dance fans to the Kenton for Ballet Theatre UK’s enchanting production of Alice In Wonderland.

In this captivating production, artistic director Christopher Moore breathed new life into Lewis Carroll’s much-loved children’s favourite. Set to a score by Tchaikovsky, the show was packed with impressive adaptations of the book’s characters, led by Kazuka Oike as Alice.

The performance began with the tardy White Rabbit leading Alice into a land of whimsical fantasy, where she grew and shrank in a manner that could only be executed by a supple ballerina. The audience was then introduced to a line-up of other quirky characters including the grinning Cheshire cat, Tweedledum and Tweedledee and the Caterpillar, before attending the strangest tea party thrown by the Mad Hatter.

The hand-crafted costumes were delightfully inventive, including dancing tables complete with gingham cloths. The climax of the show was the showdown between Alice and the menacing Queen of Hearts, and the case of the stolen tarts.

This was a visual treat for all the family and the perfect way to introduce young children to classical ballet.

Kelsey Rumens

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