Alice in Wonderland will be a delight to the eyes and ears. Curiouser and curiouser is certainly how you’ll feel after watching the costumes, set design, and music all come together in a whimsical onstage adventure.
The magical world and colorful characters of Wonderland are imagined by Argentinian visual artist, Luis Grané. Intrigued by the chance to explore the intersection of ballet and animation, Grané—who is best known for his award-winning illustration work on such major motion pictures as The Box Trolls, The Matrix, Hotel Transylvania, and Ratatouille—jumped at the opportunity.
This exciting ballet features the choreography of patron-favorite Brian Enos, the artistic director of The Big Muddy Dance Company in St. Louis, Missouri. While known locally as a contemporary choreographer, Brian is just as talented at choreographing classical ballet. As Hedy Weiss of Chicago Sun-Times said, Brian’s work is “alternately sexy, playful, absurd, and quirkily exotic.”
“I searched for months for the right creative partners with experience and creativity to bring a fresh design aesthetic to Grand Rapids Ballet,” said Artistic Director Patricia Barker. “When Luis and Brian agreed, I was thrilled—and you will be, too, once you see the show; it’s spectacular!”
The ballet will stay true to the beloved novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll originally published in 1865.
Celebrating its 47th season, Grand Rapids Ballet (GRB) remains committed to lifting the human spirit through the art of dance under the leadership of Patricia Barker as artistic director and Glenn Del Vecchio as executive director. A proud recipient of the ArtServe Michigan Governor’s Arts Award for Outstanding Cultural Organization, Michigan’s only professional ballet company has a rich history marked by steady growth, a commitment to excellence, and strong community support. In addition, Grand Rapids Ballet School provides students with the highest quality dance instruction in a nurturing and encouraging environment and the opportunity to perform in productions by Grand Rapids Junior Company.
The Kalamazoo performances will feature the second act of the ballet.
EFA is proud to partner with Miller Auditorium for these performances.
It’s the best we can expect from a work of art, and this highly-evolved and gloriously wild ride of a collaborative work is a true masterpiece. – Marin Heinritz, Revue