Donor pre-rehearsal chats: Alice in Wonderland

Sonia Rodriguez and Keiichi Hirano in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland © Photo: Bruce Zinger

Attending pre-rehearsal chats and open rehearsals are one of the many benefits donors receive when they support performance, creation and learning through the National Arts Centre Foundation.

In the spring, ballet master Lindsay Fisher gave an informative talk to NAC Foundation donors about the National Ballet’s sublime production of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. He explained that the entire ballet is a flashback that begins at a garden party. Alice is older in the ballet than she is in the book (14 or 15), and has a crush on the gardener’s boy, Jack. She steals a tart for him after he gives her a red rose. Alice’s mother blames Jack, and he is dismissed. And so Alice’s adventures begin and she enters a topsy-turvy world where she learns about responsibilities and choices, and ultimately learns to love.

Fisher explained that in Wonderland, the audience would see many of the characters first introduced at the garden party in different guises. Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon unearthed sections from the book that translated into dance, and a cast of 75 dancers performed in this production that has the ability to resonate with everyone.

Supporters of the NAC Foundation enjoy a host of benefits, including talks by artists that enlighten and entertain. Learn more about Donors’ Circle Privileges.

A special thank you to our Open Rehearsal and Preview Sponsor, Rob Marland, Royal LePage Performance Realty who makes these sessions possible for NAC Foundation donors.

Join more than 6,500 champions of performance, creation and learning by supporting Canadian artists, educators and students through the NAC Foundation.


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