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Ballet brings the magic of Wonderland to NAC stage + ticket giveaway

By Alejandro Bustos on April 1, 2015

We’re giving away a pair of tickets to the evening performance of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland on Sunday, April 12.  To enter, send an email to apartment613@gmail.com with the subject line “Ballet Contest – Alice in Wonderland” by 2 pm Thursday, April 2.  The winner will be picked by random draw and notified on Thursday afternoon.

Lewis Carroll’s classic book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has inspired artists for more than 150 years.  Whether through theatrical adaptations, modern operas or even art exhibits, this timeless children’s story has captured the imagination of countless artists.

The National Ballet of Canada is now bringing the magic of Wonderland to Ottawa with a series of performances at the National Arts Centre from April 9 to 12.

Revolutionising the concept of what is a traditional ballet – this performance includes tap dancing, puppetry, optical illusions and cinematic projections – this critically acclaimed show promises to be a highly enjoyable spectacle.

“The challenge of the production is the sheer size of it; the number of people on stage, the props,” says principal dancer Sonia Rodriguez, who plays the role of Alice.

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To get a sense of how big this production is here are some fun figures for the shows:

  • 8 – Number of dancers that make up the Cheshire Cat;
  • 71 – Number of people onstage in each performance, including dancers and children;
  • 112 – Dancers, staff and crew on tour; and
  • 534 – Pointe shoes and footwear shipped.

The performance itself, meanwhile, will be a multimedia experience.

“It has so many elements – you have projections, you have puppetry,” says Rodriguez in an interview with Apartment613.  “In that sense it’s different from a more traditional ballet.  It’s more like a musical . . .  but the dance part it’s still classical.”

This ballet version of Carroll’s famous novel maintains the surreal elements of the story, while adding some new parts such as a love interest.  It will also allow the famous characters of wonderland to come alive through the movements of the human body.

“Dance in general is so expressive,” says Rodriguez, when asked what ballet can bring to the story of Alice.  “You don’t have words but you can experience it with your whole body.”

The National Ballet of Canada perform Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at the National Arts Centre from April 9 to 12.  Tickets start at $25.

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