The Royal Ballet : Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland on TV this month

April 7, 2011

Backstage, Ballet, Ballet News

dancer in tap shoes on stage

Steven McRae as The Mad Hatter Photograph : ROH/Johan Persson

News hot off the press in re The Royal Ballet’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland which is being televised as follows :

Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland

Day and time to be confirmed BBC TWO

The world première of a new full-length ballet created by choreographer Christopher Wheeldon for The Royal Ballet comes from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

The ballet is based on Lewis Carroll’s famous story of Alice, an ordinary girl who falls down a rabbit hole one summer afternoon and finds herself on an extraordinary adventure. The music, by Joby Talbot, is the first new full-length score for the company in 20 years, with designs by internationally acclaimed Bob Crowley.

Alice is danced by the Royal Ballet’s rising star Lauren Cuthbertson and actor Simon Russell-Beale plays the cameo role of the Duchess.

two ballet dancers on stage

Lauren Cuthbertson as Alice and Sergei Polunin as Jack in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Photograph : ROH/Johan Persson

The Making Of Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland

Day and time to be confirmed BBC TWO

This documentary follows the creation of the Royal Ballet’s first full-length ballet with a newly commissioned score in 20 years, Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon.

The film follows the making of the work through Alice’s eyes – principal dancer Lauren Cuthbertson – exploring the intimate process of creating a major and complex work of dance. The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden is her “wonderland” as viewers follow Lauren’s experiences, through rehearsals to taking the ballet out of the studio and onto the stage.

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