Royal Ballet of Winnipeg's production of "Wonderland"

Wonderland is a contemporary and mature re-envisioning of the tale’s characters, events, and themes that will surprise and delight audiences. The Queen of Hearts, the White Rabbit, and the Mad Hatter are all on hand, displaying generous doses of wit, camp and humour. The surreal and dark elements that lurk at the original story’s fringes are bravely realized in explosive passages of breathtaking dance and innovative multimedia. Shawn Hounsell, acclaimed choreographer and RWB alumnus, has transformed Wonderland into a multi-sensory experience, with edgy and athletic movement, an inventive electro-acoustic soundscape, and unexpected visual treats. This is Alice like you’ve never seen her before!

MY REVIEW OF WONDERLAND: Oh my... went to see this last night in Ottawa and was NOT impressed with the choreography. My friend and I lamented together at intermission and sadly the second half was more of the same boring schtuff. I'm clueless as to why I've read positive reviews since this was such a disappointment. (Apr 30,2011)

"We all create our own Wonderland inside our heads...I’m inviting the audience to join Alice as she invents her special fantasy world." ~
Shawn Hounsell, Choreographer

Tour cities: Saskatoon, Regina, Medicine Hat, Banff, Kelowna, Vancouver, Nanaimo, Victoria, and Ottawa. (beginning March 16th - April 30th, 2011)

CBC article describes the new take on Wonderland

IT WILL BE CURIOUSER...
What happens when an award-winning choreographer and a virtuosic ballet company decide to retell a classic children’s story in dance?

A Year In Wonderland | Episode 1 - Part 1 from Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet on Vimeo.



COSTUMES: Wonderland choreographer Shawn Hounsell and Costume Designer Anne Armit discuss the designs for RWB's newest creation and the unconventional aspects of their creative process.

A Year In Wonderland | Episode 4 - Part 1 from Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet on Vimeo.



2 comments:

  1. :o( Sad about your review, and from watching the Documentary, seems it's far from traditional ballet. I will probably still go see it, just for the spectacle, when they come to Calgary. I love RWB.

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  2. @Jolie
    Hope you really do enjoy it if you go! I went because I was attracted to what promised to be something "outside of the box" but sadly I left uninspired.

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