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Based on Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass,” this children’s classic will be presented as a complete one-act version. Charles Bennett’s choreography is set to a collage of selected compositions from composers including Luigi Boccherini, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Kling, Joseph Lanner, Joseph Strauss and Gioacchino Rossini; costumes and scenery are by Alan Madsen after the original drawings by John Tenniel. The scenery will be complemented with exciting multimedia effects that will enhance the experience of the story. Charles Bennett’s one-act version of “Alice in Wonderland,” was originally created for a children’s troupe. California Ballet will use its seasoned dancers to portray the principal characters such as Alice, the White Rabbit, the Red Queen, the Mad Hatter and the March Hare, and use its upper division students to complete the cast of characters like the Queen, King and Jack of Hearts Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. Bennett uses dance and dialogue to convey the surreal, imaginative storyline. Bennett’s dance adaptation runs one hour and twenty minutes.
Choreographer Charles Bennett is a former Principal Dancer with the American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet. Mr. Bennett has choreographed extensively and has toured internationally. Other choreographic contributions by Mr. Bennett to California Ballet Company include Dracula, Romeo and Juliet, Recuerdos de Carmen, By Candlelight and Albinoni Adagio, which won a gold medal for best choreography at the Ballet Concours in Tokyo.
Designer, Alan Madsen, a native of Denmark, has a degree in Design from Copenhagen. Mr. Madsen has worked with New York City Opera, First Chamber Dance Company, Anna Sokolow Dance Company and was on faculty at the Cornish Institute in Seattle.