Don’t be late for the very important dates of May 19 to 22. That’s when the Milwaukee Ballet will be closing its 46th season with Alice (in wonderland), a stunning production that brings the Lewis Carroll classic to life with vivid, surreal staging. The production will feature 30 dancers from the company, as well as nearly 100 children from the Milwaukee Ballet School and Academy.
According to Milwaukee Ballet artistic director Michael Pink, choreographer Septime Webre’s vision of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland focuses on broad brushstrokes, harnessing the whimsical and familiar elements and personalities of Wonderland. “I liked the artistic side of it. Instead of it being so quirky and dark and mysterious, it’s very open and very bright,” says Pink.
Webre’s interpretation was originally produced by the Washington Ballet Company in 2012, and has appeared previously in Denver, Cincinnati, and Kansas City. It combines the memorable storybook characters of Alice, the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit, the Red Queen, the Cheshire Cat and others with Cirque du Soleil-style feats of strength and daring to tell this light-hearted adventure story.
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