TBT Ends Season with Trip Down RABBIT HOLE
Texas Ballet Theater (TBT) will close its 2016-2017 season with a production of Alice in Wonderland. TBT will perform at Bass Performance Hall, May 19-21, with accompaniment by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and at Winspear Opera House, June 2-4, with accompaniment by the Dallas Opera Orchestra.
With choreography by Ben Stevenson, O.B.E., the famous storybook ballet features the rushed rabbit, a spiteful queen, Cheshire cat, the Mad Hatter and, of course, Alice. Along with these well-known favorites, Stevenson's Alice in Wonderland includes a host of flora and fauna - adodo bird, ram, lion, unicorn, zebra, caterpillar, frog, dragonflies, snails, turtles, lobsters, butterflies, dancing flowers and one giant mushroom.
"I'm glad to have the opportunity to do another family oriented ballet that's filled with such whimsy and playfulness," said Stevenson. "I know that our audience, young or old, will find as much charm in it as I have."
While a dancing lobster may not be "traditionally ballet," Stevenson adds another unique twist to his version of Alice in Wonderland - a speaking Alice. TBT has enlisted the expertise of actor BranDon Smith to voice-coach each of the three dancers who will be performing as Alice: Carolyn Judson, Michelle Taylor and Alexandra Farber.
"The time I have spent with Brandon has been eye opening," said Farber. "As a ballet dancer, I find inspiration in the studio on a daily basis from my colleagues, the art, and my love of dance, and working with Brandon has given me a whole new inspiration."
Alice in Wonderland closes TBT's 2016-2017 season, and they will open next season with Beauty and the Beast at Winspear Opera House,September 7-10, and at Bass Performance Hall, September 29-October 1. Both performance weekends feature live accompaniment.
Tickets for Alice in Wonderland are available now and can be purchased by calling 877.828.9200 option 1 or online atwww.TexasBalletTheater.org. Tickets range from $20-150. Subscriptions for the 2017-2018 season are also available; single tickets go on saleJuly 1.