Falling through the rabbit hole is a diverting experience. Based on Lewis Carroll’s tale, Christopher Wheeldon’s ballet captures the story imaginatively. The vibrant set and costumes, Joby Talbot’s innovative score, magical stage effects and detailed choreography are mixed together in the [tea] pot and spiced with a touch of fun. The Royal Ballet’s timeless twist on this classical story is captivating.
Yuhui Choe’s role as Alice was a demanding one as she was on stage for most of the three-act ballet. She danced with personality, effortless quality and precision. The White Rabbit was amusingly interpreted by Ricardo Cervera as he fretfully commanded all the characters. Nehemiah Kish danced neatly and lyrically as the Knave of Hearts and Gary Avis and Zenaida Yanowsky played the humorously evil parts of the Duchess and Queen of Hearts with gusto.
From Yanowsky’s hilarious rendition of the famous Rose Adagio [Sleeping Beauty] to the Arabic-style, hookah-smoking Caterpillar dance, this ballet will have made a memorable impression on anyone inside the auditorium. I loved the up-beat dance in which the cards came to life as well as the eerily disembodied Cheshire Cat which was smoothly manoeuvred by artists of the company.
The audience felt included in the story and the surreal theatrical tricks kept us on our toes throughout the performance. The ballet concluded by spinning us back through the rabbit hole to a modern-day ambiance, a clever way to end the quirky journey we had been on. It was a dazzling performance that re-awakened the lighthearted dream fantasies of childhood. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is fun family entertainment. Finding the District Line trains suspended on the way home is not!