ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND
THE JOYCE THEATER FOUNDATION and THE NATIONAL BALLET OF CANADA
TO PRESENT THE
NEW YORK PREMIERE OF CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON’S
ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND
DAVID H. KOCH THEATER
SEPTEMBER 9 – 14, 2014
(NEW YORK, NY) The Joyce Theater Foundation and The National Ballet of Canada are proud to present the New York premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s acclaimed production of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at the David H. Koch Theater from September 9 – 14, 2014. This production, which had its world premiere by the Royal Ballet at London’s Royal Opera House in 2011 and its North American premiere by the National Ballet in Toronto in 2011, will be the fourth Joyce Theater presentation at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater following the just completed New York premiere of Ballet Preljocaj’s Snow White (April 23-27, 2014). Tickets for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland go on sale Monday, April 28, 2014 and can be arranged online at www.DavidHKochTheater.com or by calling (212)-496-0600.
“I’m thrilled that Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is coming to New York and to my old home, The David H. Koch Theater,” said choreographer Christopher Wheeldon. “The National Ballet of Canada is a company of rare storytelling stock, similar to The Royal Ballet of London, my home city, where Alice premiered.”
Linda Shelton, Executive Director of The Joyce Theater, said, “We are delighted to partner with The National Ballet of Canada and to give New York audiences the opportunity to experience this magnificent production. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a spectacular show featuring the beautiful dancers of Canada’s National Ballet, along with fabulously stunning sets, extravagant costumes and a glorious original score. A true feast for the eyes, ears and heart.”
Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, Karen Kain, said, “It is always a pleasure to dance in New York and to be bringing such an extraordinary work as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland makes this visit especially exciting. It is a big, exuberant, highly theatrical ballet full of brilliant dance and phenomenal stage craft. I think New Yorkers will love it.”
British choreographer Christopher Wheeldon’s glorious interpretation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll’s beloved winsome, subversive, cunning and wickedly funny children’s classic, has received overwhelming acclaim – both popular and critical – since its 2011 premiere. With a beautiful and dynamic original score written by British Composer Joby Talbot – performed live by a 64-piece orchestra – and eye-poppingly stunning sets and costumes by Tony award-winning designer Bob Crowley, Wheeldon’s sophisticated choreography revisits and brings to the stage many of the familiar characters from the book, but in such brilliantly staged arrangements that you’ll feel you’re meeting them all over again for the very first time. This production, with its extraordinary stagecraft, startling choreographic statements and a perfectly nuanced blending of classical dance and sheer entertainment, is perfect for audiences of all ages!
With this production of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Joyce Theater will expand its established programming presence at Lincoln Center. Since April 2012, The Joyce has successfully presented annual week-long engagements at the David H. Koch Theater, including the Sadler’s Wells/Sylvie Guillem production 6000 miles away, Nederlands Dans Theater in 2013, and this spring’s presentation of Ballet Preljocaj’s Snow White, which ended Sunday, April 27. Now, through a new initiative, The Joyce will present two separate week-long engagements per year, helping to ensure that New York City experiences a diversity of outstanding large-scale dance productions while increasing The Joyce’s capacity to engage new audiences.
CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON (Choreographer)
Christopher Wheeldon joined New York City Ballet (NYCB) in 1993 and was promoted to Soloist in 1998. He served as NYCB’s first-ever Artist in Residence in 2000/01 and was named NYCB’s first Resident Choreographer in July 2001. Since then, he has choreographed at least one ballet a year for NYCB. Outside the ballet world, Mr. Wheeldon has choreographed Dance of the Hours for the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Ponchielli’s La Gioconda (2006), as well as ballet sequences for the feature film Center Stage (2000) and Sweet Smell of Success on Broadway (2002). In 2007, Mr. Wheeldon founded Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company. In 2009, Mr. Wheeldon worked with Richard Eyre on a production of the opera Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera House and in 2010 his new version of The Sleeping Beauty had its premiere with The Royal Danish Ballet. His new full-length ballet Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was created as a co-production of The National Ballet of Canada and The Royal Ballet and premiered at the Royal Opera House on 28 February 2011. Thirteen Diversions (created for American Ballet Theatre 2011) and Les Carrillons world premier formed an all Wheeldon evening at the NYCB in January 2012. In 2014 Mr. Wheeldon will be creating a full length version of The Winter’s Tale for the Royal Ballet and directing and choreographing a musical version of An American in Paris which will premiere in Paris at the Châtelet Theatre. Mr. Wheeldon’s awards include the Martin E. Segal Award from Lincoln Center, the American Choreography Award, a Dance Magazine Award, the London Critics’ Circle Award for Best New Ballet for Polyphonia, two time Olivier Award winner most recently for Aeternum choreographed in January 2013 for The Royal Ballet. Mr. Wheeldon’s recent production of Cinderella won the 2013 Benois De La Danse.
JOBY TALBOT (Composer)
Born in Wimbledon in 1971, Joby Talbot studied composition privately with Brian Elias and at Royal Holloway and Bedford New College before completing a Master of Music (Composition) at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under Simon Bainbridge. His works include a trumpet concerto for Alison Balsom and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (Desolation Wilderness, 2006); a 60-minute a cappella choral journey along the Camino de Santiago for Nigel Short’s Tenebrae (Path of Miracles, 2005); arrangements of songs by Detroit rock duo The White Stripes alongside existing works for Wayne McGregor’s Chroma (The Royal Ballet, 2006); and, as a co-production with The National Ballet of Canada, Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (2011), the first full-length narrative ballet score to be commissioned by The Royal Ballet in 20 years. He has also written the madrigal The Wishing Tree (The King’s Singers, 2002), the orchestral Sneaker Wave (BBC National Orchestra of Wales, 2004) and an arrangement of Purcell’s Chacony in G minor for the BBC Proms (BBC Symphony Orchestra, 2011). Worlds, Stars, Systems, Infinity was commissioned in 2012 for the Philharmonia Orchestra’s interactive digital installation, Universe of Sound, as an addition to Holst’s The Planets. Tide Harmonic (2009), a work for large ensemble, began life as the score for Eau by choreographer Carolyn Carlson and CCN Roubaix. Other significant works written or adapted for dance include Fool’s Paradise (Christopher Wheeldon and Morphoses, 2007), an arrangement of Mr. Talbot’s 2002 silent film score The Dying Swan; Genus (Paris Opera Ballet, 2007); Entity (Wayne McGregor and Random Dance, 2008); and Chamber Symphony for Chamber by choreographer Medhi Walerski (Residentie Orkest/Nederlands Dans Theater and Norwegian Opera and Ballet, 2012). In 2013, Mr. Talbot premiered Genus Quartet with the Calder Quartet, Meniscus with the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing, and a new version of Tide Harmonic for Christopher Wheeldon and Pacific Northwest Ballet, as well as seeing international revivals of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Chamber, Chroma, Path of Miracles and Worlds, Stars, Systems, Infinity. In 2014, Mr. Talbot will premiere The Winter’s Tale, his second full-length narrative score for The National Ballet of Canada and The Royal Ballet in collaboration with Christopher Wheeldon, and will begin work on a new one-act piece for Dallas Opera to premiere in 2015.
BOB CROWLEY (Set, Costume and Properties Design)
Bob Crowley’s recent productions include Once (Broadway, Tony Award) and Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Netherlands, Russia). His designs for the National Theatre include The Habit of Art, The Power of Yes, Phèdre, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, Gethsemane, Fram (also co-directed), The History Boys, (Broadway, Tony Award) and Mourning Becomes Electra. For the Royal Shakespeare Company Mr. Crowley designed Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Broadway) and The Plantagenets (Laurence Olivier Award). In addition, Mr. Crowley designed The Capeman, Sweet Smell of Success, Disney’s Aida (Tony Award), Tarzan (which he also directed), Mary Poppins (Tony Award), The Year of Magical Thinking and Coast of Utopia (Tony Award), The Magic Flute (English National Opera), Anastasia and Pavane (The Royal Ballet) and Don Carlos and La Traviata (Royal Opera). His film credits include Othello, Tales from Hollywood, Suddenly Last Summer and The Crucible (costumes). Mr. Crowley has received the Royal Designer for Industry Award and the Robert L.B. Tobin Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatrical Design.
The Joyce Theater Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization, has proudly served the dance community and its audiences for three decades. The founders, Cora Cahan and Eliot Feld, acquired and renovated the Elgin Theater in Chelsea, which opened as The Joyce Theater in 1982. The Joyce Theater is named in honor of Joyce Mertz, beloved daughter of LuEsther T. Mertz. It was LuEsther’s clear, undaunted vision and abundant generosity that made it imaginable and ultimately possible to build the theater. One of the only theaters built by dancers for dance, The Joyce Theater has provided an intimate and elegant home for more than 320 domestic and international companies. The Joyce has also commissioned more than 130 new dances since 1992. In 2009, The Joyce opened Dance Art New York (DANY) Studios to provide affordable studios for rehearsals, auditions, classes, and workshops for independent choreographers, non-profit dance companies, and the dance/theater communities. New York City public school students and teachers annually benefit from The Joyce’s Dance Education Program, and adult audiences get closer to dance through informative Dance Talks, and post-performance Dance Chat discussions. The Joyce Theater now features an annual season of approximately 48 weeks with over 340 performances for audiences in excess of 135,000.
The National Ballet of Canada was established as a classical company by founder Celia Franca in 1951. The only Canadian ballet company to present a full range of traditional full-length classics, the National Ballet’s repertoire includes works by the world’s most celebrated 20th and 21st century masters, Sir Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, John Cranko, William Forsythe, James Kudelka, Jirí Kylián, John Neumeier, Rudolf Nureyev, Glen Tetley, Christopher Wheeldon, Wayne McGregor and Alexei Ratmansky. In addition to its classical repertoire, the company also embraces contemporary works and encourages the creation of new ballets and the development of Canadian choreographers. The National Ballet last toured to Lincoln Center in 1988 with Onegin and a mixed program of La Ronde & Blue Snake. In 1998, the company performed two mixed programs at the New York City Center: Musings & Split House Geometric & Tides of Mind & The Four Seasons and Désir & the weight of absence & Washington Square and in 2005 at Brooklyn Academy of Music with The Contract (The Pied Piper).
The Joyce Theater and The National Ballet of Canada present the New York premiere of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, at the David H. Koch Theater from September 9 – 14. Performances are: Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30pm; Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 2pm & 8pm; Sunday at 2pm. Tickets, ranging in price from $35-$145, go on sale Monday, April 28, 2014 and can be purchased through www.DavidHKochTheater.com or by calling (212)-496-0600. Please note: prices are subject to change. For more information, please visit www.Joyce.org.
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Co-Presenting Sponsors: Thomson Reuters and TD Bank Group
Joyce Theater Presentations at the David H. Koch Theater are supported by a generous grant from the Pasculano Foundation.
Leadership support for The Joyce has been received from the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust. Major support has been provided by First Republic Bank, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, and The Shubert Foundation. Additional major support has been provided by The Harkness Foundation for Dance and the Jerome Robbins Foundation.
The Joyce’s presenting initiative at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater is supported by a grant award from the National Endowment for the Arts; and made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; as well as supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.
Lead philanthropic support for The National Ballet of Canada has been provided by an anonymous friend of the National Ballet with additional support generously provided by The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation, Richard M. Ivey, C.C., Rosamond Ivey, Robert & Judith Lawrie and Wallace McCain & Margaret McCain, C.C.
The National Ballet of Canada gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Ontario Arts Council; the City of Toronto through the Economic Development & Culture Department;the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage via the Endowment Incentives component of the Canada Cultural Investment Fund and the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a co-production of The National Ballet of Canada and The Royal Ballet (UK).