Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, the Royal Ballet - reviewed on 15th March
Photo: Johan Persson, courtesy of ROH
A second viewing of Alice validated my initial observations. It is an enchanting ballet but lacks magic in the choreography. Whilst Christopher Wheeldon has made a reasonable attempt, the tale of Alice in Wonderland, which is filled with wordplay, doesn’t translate into non-verbal dancing. It just doesn’t make sense to watch, scenes don’t flow into one another and the action drags on until it becomes tiresome.
Aside from Nuñez’s comment-worthy performance, everything else was much the same - the myriad of wonderful costumes and sets from Bob Crowley, including tartan pointe shoes, and beautiful music by Joby Talbot that had me humming in the interval (let’s hope they make a CD recording). If only the choreography could match up...