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As mad as a hatter

By Maria Gregoriou

Go for a trip down the rabbit hole on Saturday in Limassol together with the Royal Ballet but be careful the queen doesn’t chop off your head.

Yes, you guessed it, another performance from far, far away will be screened for our enjoyment. Unlike some other performances that were more, how should we put it, grown-up, this one is the perfect performance to share with the whole family.

The performance based on the novel by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, or as appeared on the book cover, Lewis Carroll, is choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon and was first performed on stage in 2011. While Wheeldon, who was attracted to the story by the physicality of the characters, is the master behind the foot steps of the three act ballet, Joby Talbot is the man behind its score.

Wheeldon was also intrigued by the story for a performance at the Royal Ballet, which usually hosted very traditional ballets. The choreographer wanted to create “something lighter and more friendly,” as he explains.

But the dancing and music are not the only elements which bring Alices’ adventure to life, the costumes and set designed by Bob Crowley, draw on puppetry, projections and masks to make Wonderland an even more wonderful land to visit.

If you thought that the characters in the tale you know are a little absurd, you have to see the take on them in this interpretation. You will meet a tap-dancing Mad Hatter, Alice and the Knave of hearts dancing a tender, romantic dance, and the Queen of Hearts showing off her lighter self.

If you think we are missing a few details from the original story, don’t you fret, the nightmarish kitchen, the Cheshire Cat, and the tea party will all still there, so don’t be late, you have a very important date.

Alice’s Wonderland
Screening of the performance for children from the Royal Ballet. December 20. Rialto theatre, Limassol. 3pm and 7pm. €15/10. Tel: 77-777745

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