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Choreography Christopher Wheeldon · Composer Joby Talbot · Nicholas Wright

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Musikalische Leitung
Tom Seligman (11-17-2018, 11-22-2018, 11-25-2018, 11-25-2018, 11-30-2018) , Myron Romanul (02-22-2019, 02-24-2019, 02-24-2019, 02-26-2019, 04-17-2019)
Choreographie
Christopher Wheeldon
Bühne und Kostüme
Bob Crowley
Libretto
Nicholas Wright
Licht
Natasha Katz
Musik
Joby Talbot
Projektionen
Gemma Carrington, Jon Driscoll
Original Sounddesign
Andrew Bruce
Puppenkonzept und –design
Toby Olié
Magic Consultant
Paul Kieve

Alice
N.N.
Carroll / weißes Kaninchen
N.N.
Jack / Herzbube
N.N.
Mutter / Herzkönigin
N.N.
  • Soloists and corps de ballet of the Bavarian State Ballet
  • Bayerisches Staatsorchester
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Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland burst onto the stage in 2011 in an explosion of colour, stage magic and inventive, sophisticated choreography. Joby Talbot’s score combines contemporary soundworlds with sweeping melodies that gesture to ballet scores of the 19th century. Bob Crowley’s wildly imaginative, eye-popping designs draw on everything from puppetry to projections to make Wonderland wonderfully real.

Alice, whose mother invited the poet to their home for tea, disappears suddenly into a dreamscape behind the reality. During her adventures, Alice encounters a cast of extraordinary characters, from the highly strung Queen of Hearts – who performs a hilarious send-up of The Sleeping Beauty’s famous Rose Adage – to a playing card corps de ballet, a sinuous caterpillar and a tap-dancing Mad Hatter. The filigree, breathtaking love pas de deux with Alice and the Knave of Hearts marks the highlight of the journey. The adventures also include malicious characters and scary locations, which drive the story essentially and carry out their nefarious deeds both in the familiar children’s story by Lewis Carroll and in the choreography by Wheeldon: a nightmarish kitchen, an eerily disembodied Cheshire Cat and the unhinged tea party.

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Tom Seligman is an internationally and critically acclaimed young conducting talent with an impressive portfolio all-embracing numerous collaborations for festivals, radio, opera and ballet.

After studies in Cambridge, Glasgow, London and Amsterdam, Tom Seligman was appointed Musical Co-ordinator and Conductor of the inaugural Cheltenham Festival Academy in 2005 and was invited back to conduct the Brno Philharmonic at the Festival in 2007. He has worked extensively with the BBC and London Symphony Choruses for concerts at the Barbican, at the Royal Albert Hall and for the Last Night of the Proms. As Guest Chorus Director for the Hallé's recording of Elgar's The Kingdom under Sir Mark Elder, he garnered critical acclaim for the Choir's performance and won the 2011 Gramophone Award for best choral recording. He made his BBC Radio 3 debut conducting at the 2005 St Magnus Festival and from 2008–2012 was principal conductor at the Musique-Cordiale Festival, Provence. He is Principal Conductor of Kensington Chamber Orchestra, and was Director of Hampshire County Youth Orchestra for six years, finishing his tenure with an acclaimed performance of Mahler's 'Resurrection' Symphony at the opening of the 2011 Winchester Festival. He also assisted Joseph Swensen at the Salzburg Festival and at the BBC Proms.

Committed artist, he is also originator and conductor of Rite Up Close, an innovative interactive workshop and concert introducing The Rite of Spring to audiences of all ages.

Tom Seligman made his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in 2010, and has since been regularly invited back, conducting the Royal Ballet in repertoire including Wayne McGregor’s Chroma, Carlos Acosta’s Don Quixote, Liam Scarlett’s Frankenstein, Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Winter’s Tale, the world premiere of Metamorphosis Titian, which was featured in the BBC’s ‘Imagine’ series, Tales of Beatrix Potter etc. Performances elsewhere included Jewels and The Nutcracker (New York City Ballet), The Winter’s Tale (National Ballet of Canada), Shadows of War, Miracle in the Gorbals, The Dream and A Month in the country (Birmingham Royal Ballet), Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, Le Corsaire and Coppélia (English National Ballet) and The Sleeping Beauty (Dutch National Ballet). Opera credits include The Rake’s Progress, The Beggar’s Opera (Edinburgh Studio Opera) and Le nozze di Figaro (Opera East).

By conducting Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Tom Seligman signs his first collaboration with the Bavarian State Ballet.

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