Photo by Bruce Weber, from Vanity Fair.
So London is abuzz about the Royal’s official announcement that Christopher Wheeldon will make a full-length ballet based on Alice in Wonderland, set to premiere in 2011.
I’m excited, especially since some of my favorites of his have been his more dramatic ballets, like The Nightingale and the Rose. Thankfully, he doesn’t plan to make a children’s ballet: “A lot can be read into Alice in Wonderland. One could take the more Freudian route…” he says.
Critics expect Wheeldon to “bring a sophistication and an understanding of the darker sides of the text.”
Music will be by Joby Talbot, whose work he also used for the mysterious, poetic Fool’s Paradise, which makes me all the more intrigued.
Photo of Fool’s Paradise by Andrea Mohin, from NY Times.