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    Royal Ballet - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland on 27 September 2017

    Last year Principal Dancer, Zenaida Yanowsky (Mrs Simon Keenlyside) announced her retirement but has been persuaded to return to perform the Queen of Hearts for three performances. http://www.roh.org.uk/news/zenaida-y...-in-wonderland

    I will post a review afterwards.


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    This was my first ballet at ROH. Had seen others but at regional theatres.

    Unfortunately Zenaida Yanowsky was injured and had to cancel but I decided to go anyway. I did notice that following the announcement of her cancellation, about 60 tickets became available at what had previously been a sold out event so even if I'd returned my ticket it probably wouldn't have sold.

    I was determined to temporarily put out of my mind the rumours surrounding Lewis Carroll and enjoy the performance for what it was.

    It was spectacular and witty and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The beginning is set in the time the book was written (1865) and Alice's family are being photographed. There's a love interest for Alice (don't remember that part in the book!) in the form of a gardener's boy. The photographer and Alice fall down a hole and the photographer is transformed into the white rabbit. All of Alice's adventures aren't portrayed and I won't go into detail about the scenes but it was fun to see how some of the famous episodes were re-created. The caterpillar and the flamingos are stunning.







    I thought the ending was very clever. The time has changed to the present day. As we know Alice has dreamed all these adventures and in this version, Alice has been asleep on a garden seat in front of a stately home and her boyfriend is sitting beside her. A photographer appears and starts taking photos of the stately home. Alice asks him to take a photo with her phone of her and her boyfriend which he does to the couple's satisfaction and they depart. The photographer sits on the seat to change the lens on his camera. He then gives his ear a good scratch and strokes his (non-existent) whiskers.

    I was fortunate to sit next to a real fan. She explained that with a modern ballet, the choreographer comes up with an idea then asks a composer to write the music. The composer didn't conduct and was actually sitting behind us (she pointed him out) and took no part in the curtain calls. I expect most people know this but I didn't. The music is wonderful and worth getting to know for its own sake. I'll get the DVD and at least I'll see Mrs K even if it's just on the screen.


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    I wasn't aware of the fact that choreography precedes music in the creation of modern ballet, either. Thanks for the interesting review.

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