The Northern Ballet is a dance company famous for their narrative productions and so in taking on ‘The Great American Novel’, they set themselves an incredible challenge.
Seduced by the Royal Opera house’s promise that I would be “transported to an exotic world of noble warriors and cruel princesses”, I eagerly awaited the performance of La Bayadère. And if any word can be used to describe the performance it was definitely ‘transported’.
Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, returning to the Royal Opera House this month for a third time, is a spectacle of Diaghilevian proportions. From the minute the curtain rises to the sounds of Joby Talbot’s sweeping, yet crystalline score, Lewis Carroll’s tale of white rabbits and playing cards is brought to life in a way that is fresh and innovative- a true feat after over a century of endless adaptations.