Alice in Wonderland?
Posted 29 November 2002 - 08:23 AM
I was just curious if anyone has ever performed or seen the ballet "Alice in Wonderland" aka "Through the Looking Glass". If you have ever performed in it, please let me know the role you had. Thanks!
Posted 29 November 2002 - 10:27 AM
Posted 29 November 2002 - 09:29 PM
I also recall seeing a short dance by Ashton with Leslie Collier as Alice. She danced with Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee.
Posted 30 November 2002 - 04:24 AM
And the Ashton vignette was set to Percy Aldridge Granger's "Country Gardens", really an ideal composer for that sort of a ballet. Now all we need is a genius of Ashton's stature to fill in all the missing bits EXCEPT a pas de trois for Alice and Tweedledee and Tweedledum.;)
Posted 30 November 2002 - 04:43 AM
now there's a lot lot more but recall i haven't seen it since 1977, though some public television station in ohio or something did a version which was somewhat truncated i think, with poor katharine healy having to do duty as alice. alice meets tweedledum and tweedledee, who are bearded twins with cutoff tops and shorts who do a soft-shoe to 'pretty baby', there is a lobster quadrille presided over, i think, by the red queen, who is depicted later as a dancer on the shoulders of someone on stilts, who later has a scene (hardly a dance) with someone as the white queen to the strains of the jazzed-up version of beethoven's fifth symphony (remember that?). the caterpillar smokes opium and slithers about the stage to that piece of music whose title i can't remember which is very languid but i just can't remember the title, she goes into the garden where there is actually a pretty piece of music by isaac van grove for a pas de deux for tiger lily and passion flower which was shown in the 'ruth page an american original' documentary in 1979 with starr danias and john meehan. the flowers dance to i think a waltz by delibes. oh i forgot the unicycling juggler who plays the mad hatter.
in act two (!) alice goes on a journey into the zodiac, where of course she meets all the signs, does a pas de deux with an astronaut to the strains of rubinstein's 'melody in f' and after all this does end up back home but darned if i can remember how!!!!!!!!!!!!
first cast in about 1969 or 1970 was joyce cuoco, where parts of this were done at jacob's pillow. in 1977 i saw svea eklof.
Posted 30 November 2002 - 08:12 AM
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Posted 30 November 2002 - 02:20 PM
I think there are a lot of Alice ballets danced by small companies around the country in the spring -- and Tetley did one, too, for NBoC, I think.
Posted 30 November 2002 - 05:14 PM
The question of whether a ballet's profusion into the world market is a good one. I, for one, wouldn't consider Stevenson's Cinderella as a world standard, simply because it seems like watered-down Ashton. The latter seems the "gold standard" by which others are judged, and a good thing, too! Keeps quality standards up!
I pulled out some reference materials on the music, and realize now that the score to Stevenson's Alice is by Joseph Horovitz, which has to be the most widespread SCORE for this ballet used today. Several different productions are current in England, and the original had been set for Coronation Season in 1953 by Michael Charnley, who hasn't been heard from in ages. Originally treating the complete story, the year after it opened, it was chopped to three episodes, and presented as a separate divertissement by the then London Festival Ballet.
Posted 30 November 2002 - 06:13 PM
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