Reviews of the National Ballet of Canada in "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland."
Los Angeles Times
Sounds perfect for kiddies and their grandmas, except it’s nearly twice “Nutcracker's” length (just under three hours) and is even more incoherent as a narrative than most “Nutcracker” productions.
The opening scene seems to place Alice in a real 19th century environment from which she soon takes flight in fantasy. But an epilogue confirms that we are in her dream right from the start, and, along the way, as antic, hard-sell episodes pile up, only a few sequences make a strong effect....
Orange County Register
The National Ballet of Canada's hugely ambitious production of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" (in Los Angeles for a brief three day run at the Music Center) has much to offer. A world-class choreographer in Christopher Wheeldon, an original score by Joby Talbot, superb dancing, romance, and a surprise ending. There's even a tap-dancing, if slightly twisted, Gene Kelly-esque Mad Hatter. But for me, the real stars are the sets and costumes (by Bob Crowley) and the special effects.
Wheeldon's "Alice" is indeed a wonderland – a wildly creative yet largely faithful adaptation of Lewis Carroll's 1865 tale, whose fantastical imagery and anthropomorphic creatures long ago became lodged permanently in the cultural consciousness. It's performed with the right balance of technical brilliance, comedy, acting and élan by Canada's premiere ballet company, an impressively disciplined ensemble that I wish would visit these parts more often.