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Photos: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND

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On Tuesday, June 21st The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts was transformed into something straight out of Wonderland as patrons plunged down the rabbit hole in support of The National Ballet of Canada. Mad Hot Wonderland was the Ballet's Annual Fundraiser and it was a smashing success. The evening featured performances from the now sold out production of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, as well as Passacaglia, No. 24 and Dying Swan, danced by Greta Hodgkinson who is celebrating her 20th year with The National Ballet of Canada.

Following the performance guests were invited to party in Wonderland, with food, drink, music and fabulous prizes. It was truly a magical night, complete with roaming Alice's (who greeted guests, played life-size chess and croquet), white rabbits and many mad hatters. A signature "White Rabbit Cocktail" featuring Skyy Vodka and Teaopia Tangerine Dream Tea was waiting for guests as they exited the performance, served in gorgeous Ashley Royal Doulton teacups. A Mad Hatter Challenge also took place where guests could vote on their favourite Mad Hat!


The event was a rip-roaring success, with celebrity guests aplenty (including Artistic Director Karen Kain in a stunning Justina McCaffrey gown) and tons of music, food and drink to be enjoyed. 1898 guests attended the event, which raised $1,124,500 for the ballet to support their continued excellence in dance. BWW was thrilled to be on hand to cover all of the magic of Wonderland with these exclusive photos:

When and Where?

Mad Hot Wonderland took place on June 21st at The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. The Lead Sponsor was CIBC and media sponsors were CTV and The Globe and Mail. Food and drink was provided by Skyy Vodka, Teaopia, Wines of South Africa, Steam Whistle, Tipicular Fixins and North 44. The event raised $1,124,500 for The National Ballet of Canada.

The National Ballet of Canada's 60th Season opens on November 16th, 2011 with a brand new production of Romeo and Juliet by acclaimed choreographer Alexei Ratmansky.

For complete details on the 2011 Season or to purchase tickets, please visit their official website at http://national.ballet.ca/

All Photos by Racheal McCaig Photography

Photos: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND

Photos: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
The Alice's Adventures in Wonderland banner outside The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

Photos: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
Artistic Director Karen Kain with husband Ross Petty

Photos: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
Artistic Director Karen Kain with husband Ross Petty

Photos: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
BWW's Kelly Cameron is greeted by a quartet of Alices

Photos: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
"Drink Me" water bottles kicked off the Mad Hot Wonderland themed food and drink

Photos: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
The White Rabbit Cocktail (featuring Skyy Vodka and Teaopia

Photos: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
A young ballet fan eyes up the tea displays

Photos: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
Mad Hot Wonderland wouldn't be complete without tea

Photos: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
The William Ashley Tea Cups

Photos: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
BWW's Kelly Cameron went down the rabbit hole

Photos: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
Fingers sandwiches provided by North 44

Photos: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
Wonderful food spread by North 44

Photos: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
The Mad Hot Crowd

Photos: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
The Mad Hot Crowd

Photos: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
Human Caterpillar and his Mad Hot Servant

Photos: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
BWW's Kelly Cameron taking a break

Photos: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
BWW's Kelly Cameron with the Caterpillar and his gorgeous friend

Photos: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
BWW's Kelly Cameron and Q's Jian Ghomeshi

Photos: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
Mad Hot Guests show off their Mad Hat's

Photos: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
Sheila McCarthy and Bob Hope

Photos: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
Principal Dancers Sonia Rodriguez, Bridgett Zehr, Heather Ogden, Greta Hodgkinson and Xiao Nan Yu

Photos: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
Principal Dancers Zdenek Konvalina, Jiri Jelinek and Aleksandar Antonijevic

Photos: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
Principal Dancers Jiri Jelinek, Heather Ogden, Bridgett Zehr, Sonia Rodriguez, Aleksandar Antonijevic, Xiao Nan Yu, Greta Hodgkinson and Zdenek Konvalina

Photos: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
Principal Dancers Heather Ogden, Bridgett Zehr, Sonia Rodriguez, Aleksandar Antonijevic and Xiao Nan Yu

Photos: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
BWW's Kelly Cameron, Kurt Browning and Sonia Rodriguez

Photos: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
BWW's Kelly Cameron, Kurt Browning and Sonia Rodriguez

Photos: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
Kurt Browning congratulates wife Sonia Rodriguez with a kiss

Photos: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
Robert Brews, Ross Petty, Karen Kain and Ken Brown

Photos: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
The Alices play croquet

Photos: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
The Alices on Osgoode Lawn

Photos: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
BWW's Kelly Cameron tries her luck at croquet

Photos: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
The view of the Mad Hot Party from Osgoode Lawn

Photos: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND


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