Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
I'd like to share my recent experience with The Australian Ballet, presenting Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and the magic behind this fabulous show. The show was held at the ever so beautiful Capitol Theatre and its victorian architecture and decor. I definitely suggest anyone into the arts, dancing, ballet, music, etc to go and witness this masterpiece.
The show lasts just under 3 hours with two intervals of twenty minutes each. So, you'll want to make sure you have a bite to eat before the show starts.
The Opera Australia Orchestra, under the musical direction and chief conductor Nicolette Fraillon, was simply sublime. The music was definitely on point and made you travel in a time and space where only dreams can.
A neat collab for which The Australian Ballet has joined forces with renowned fashion illustrator Megan Hess (Article of mine on Megan Hess and her work) to create a unique set of playing cards with Megan's illustrations of the characters in Alice in Wonderland. I thought it was such a pretty and original collaboration.
As per the usual, the costumes were divine. So playful in design and could not have been more à propos with the theme of the story. Unfortunately, we are not allowed to take any photographs during the performances so I can only try and put into words what is something you must see for yourselves. A costume detail which I loved was in the third and final act, ballerinas wore the classical tutus shaped in the various card suits. For instance, one wore a bright red heart-shaped tutu while the next, a black club-shaped tutu. Every detail was thought of and planned accordingly. It was brilliant! Much graphics were used in an interesting and original way to portray Alice's falling into dream and later her shrinking and growing in impossible sizes.
And speaking of details, it's always lovely to witness the work put into decorating the venue for these shows. Rose garlands were hung on all railings with carefully propped playing cards on the garlands.