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Joby Talbot: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland / Wordsworth, Royal Ballet [Blu-Ray]

Album Summary

>Talbot, Joby : Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Lewis Carroll's ever-popular story provides the basis for Christopher Wheeldon's spectacular new work, starring Royal Ballet Principal Lauren Cuthbertson. Captivating designs by Bob Crowley, an engaging and passionate score by Joby Talbot, and Wheeldon's breathtaking choreography combine to produce in the words of The Times "spectacular family entertainment brought to life with enormous theatrical verve.'' ''...a monumental achievement. This production has to be the best dance adaptation of Lewis Carroll's beloved children's classic on the planet.'' www.theglobeandmail.com

"Mr. Talbot’s score is the trump card for “Alice.” It’s a dazzling array of melodies and shimmering percussion, usefully atmospheric and dancey, yet sophisticated enough to feel like more than a mere support. It’s one of the many things that makes “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” watchable and enjoyable. The choreography is all of that too. But this is Christopher Wheeldon. It doesn’t seem unreasonable to want more." -The New York Times

"With Alice he's had to pull off the magic trick of being both populist and smart.It's a measure of his success, however, that watching the production lets us forget the hype. He and his team have created an Alice whose wit, speed and invention have lifted the whole story ballet genre into the 21st century... First credit has to go to Joby Talbot's score. Driven by a huge percussion section, with weird and wayward textures, vividly descriptive melodies and a shimmer of emotion, this is music that is not only sophisticated, but also danceable... if this Alice scores as a genuine company ballet, it's a special triumph for Lauren Cuthbertson in the title role. Required to range from the hoydenish to the blithe, she rises to it with a performance that is alert, funny and deliciously un-twee. This Alice looks set to become a classic." -The Guardian

This must be a stunning show on stage, with its down-the-rabbit-hole video projections and inventive use of video as part of the backdrop and even action in a few other scenes; it translates surprisingly well to television. Talbot's score, here and throughout, is colorful and cinematic, making inventive use of percussion and of recurring motifs, and at all times is finely meshed with Wheeldon's choreography. Barry Wordsworth leads the orchestra in a performance of gusto and enchantment.

Joby Talbot has done brilliantly, providing danceable music where required, atmospheric music that is also accepting of choreography, the occasional parody; for the big garden dance at the end of act I he is clearly no stranger to the music selected by John Lanchberry for the delightful Tales of Beatrix Potter.

This retelling of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland will have great appeal for balletomanes of all ages ... this ballet is an outright winner. There is enough over-the-topism to keep viewers engaged.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland will likely be one of Talbot's more endearing works. It... is one of his finest... There... is plenty to draw from here to make that a reality. The Opus Arte sound and production is stunning with excellent sound and picture that makes it feel as if you are there in the house... this is a work that will stand up well on subsequent viewings and hearings.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 208 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: Blu-Ray, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM 2.0, DTS 5.0 Surround
Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish


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>Talbot, Joby : Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
  • Performers: Laura Cuthbertson (Dancer); Steven McRae (Dancer); Sergei Polunin (Dancer); Edward Watson (Dancer); Zenaida Yanowsky (Dancer)
  • Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 2011