Colorado Ballet will fall down the rabbit hole for the Colorado premiere of ALICE (in wonderland) February
19-28, 2016 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Based on Lewis
Carroll’s "Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland" with characters from
“Through the Looking-Glass,” the ballet includes choreography by Septime
Webre and music by Matthew Pierce, performed live by the Colorado
“This isn’t your typical, classical storybook children’s ballet,” said Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs. “ALICE (in wonderland)
is a charming theatrical extravaganza with colorful costumes, whimsical
sets and a wide variety of dance styles. Come watch the adventures of
this beloved literary heroine in a strange land filled with eccentric
characters including the frantic White Rabbit, mysterious Cheshire Cat,
peculiar Mad Hatter, terrifying Jabberwock and the wicked Queen of
ALICE first premiered with The Washington Ballet in
2012. While developing the ballet, Webre worked closely with the
composer to give each character a unique sound. The original score also
includes many musical sound effects. Additionally, the production
features a variety of costumes by Liz Vandal, who designed costumes for
Cirque du Soleil’s “OVO.” Up close, the designs and shapes on many of
the costumes spell out the characters' names, including Alice and the
Mad Hatter. ALICE also features many large sets and puppets, including a Jabberwock with a 25-foot wing span.
Webre starts his interpretation of the story with the real
Alice, Alice Liddell. The ballet begins with Alice at home with her
family and family friend, Lewis Carroll, an amateur photographer and
storyteller. Real characters from Alice’s life become the characters in
Carroll’s story in Wonderland. Alice’s mother becomes the Queen of
Hearts, her sisters become Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, and Lewis
Carroll becomes the Mad Hatter.
ALICE will feature Colorado Ballet Principal Dancer
Sharon Wehner in the main cast as Alice. Wehner is in the middle of her
20th season with Colorado Ballet. “It’s a role that’s made for
Sharon,” said Boggs. “She has all the right attributes to portray the
role and she looks like Alice. Her temperament is exceptional for
dancing that character.”
In addition to Company and Studio Company dancers, students
from Colorado Ballet Academy will perform in the production as baby
flamingos, hedgehogs, cards, piglets, daisies and doors.
“This tale is so popular among children and adults and it is
a story that Colorado Ballet has never performed before,” said Boggs.
“The sets, costumes and music will amaze everyone in the audience and
the challenging choreography will leave patrons breathless. Some of the
dancers’ feet don’t ever seem to touch the ground. This is a ballet
that you will not want to miss.”
Performance Dates and Times:
Friday, February 19, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 2 p.m.
Friday, February 26, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 28, 2016 at 2 p.m.
Ticket prices range from $30 to $155. To purchase tickets, visit www.coloradoballet.org or call 303-837-8888 ext. 2.