Sunday, 18 November 2018

A new take on Alice and her wacky wonderland

BALLET Theatre UK are back at the Kenton in April with their latest production, Alice In Wonderland.

BALLET Theatre UK are back at the Kenton in April with their latest production, Alice In Wonderland.

The young and innovative dance company prides itself on adapting traditional stories — and giving them a fresh twist to appeal to family audiences.

This time choreographer and company director Christopher Moore has adapted the two Alice books by Lewis Carroll.

He said: “The ballet is very much like the story, but slightly adapted. It’s a combination of Alice In Wonderland and Alice Through The Looking Glass, including choice sections of both stories that the audience will recognise and anticipate, such as the Mad Hatter’s tea party.

“Our target audience tends to be families, in particular parents and grandparents bringing children, usually to see a ballet production for the first time. So we chose this as a spring ballet because it’s light-hearted and colourful, enjoyable but not too heavy for people who have never seen a ballet before.”

The company, currently on a 60-date nationwide tour with this production, has previously brought The Snow Queen and Sleeping Beauty to the Kenton, and also played A Christmas Carol there last December.

Alice In Wonderland opens with Alice in her garden with her governess and two sisters. She is bored with the lesson and becomes quite sleepy, before meeting the White Rabbit and falling down the rabbit hole. She embarks on a strange and eventful journey, meeting characters such as Tweedledum and Tweedledee, the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter and the Caterpillar. The Knave of Hearts is adapted as a love interest for Alice, depicted in a romantic pas de deux, and the Caterpillar is surrounded by the corps de ballet dressed as butterflies. Ballet Theatre UK’s adaptation of this traditional fairy story is set to a variety of music including excerpts from Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite and the Four Seasons.

lAlice In Wonderland is at the Kenton Theatre on Sunday, April 21, at 2pm and 5.30pm. For tickets call the box office on (01491) 575698 or visit the website www.kentontheatre.co.uk

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