“Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”
The National Ballet of Canada
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
March 14, 2015
by Denise Sum
copyright © 2015 by Denise Sum
Just in time for March break, Christopher Wheeldon’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” has returned to the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, much to the delight of Toronto audiences. The sheer magnitude of the production, a joint effort between The National Ballet of Canada (NBoC) and The Royal Ballet, makes this ballet both unique and impressive. There is much to admire in Wheeldon’s first full-length narrative ballet: stunning visual riches from Bob Crowley, a distinctive original score by Joby Talbot, comedic mime and physical comedy, and of course, Lewis Carroll’s absurd and fantastical stories. “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”, while somewhat thin on the actual dancing, seems to have a little bit of everything. The work tries valiantly to cater to all: young, old, faithful balletgoers and the uninitiated. Keeping this in mind, one can forgive some of its shortcomings.
Jillian Vanstone and Dylan Tedaldi in "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland". Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic.