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Thiago Soares and Lauren Cuthbertson in The Judas Tree.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

MacMillan Celebrations – The Judas Tree (RB), The Song of the Earth (ENB) – London

★★★★✰   The second programme commemorating the 25th anniversary of Kenneth MacMillan’s death revealed his very different responses to music, and to human nature.

Lauren Cuthbertson in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.© Johan Persson, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – London

★★★✰✰   Wheeldon and his scenarist, Nicholas Wright, have made theatrical sense of a nonsensical children’s classic. This Alice, though, is a modern pantomime, not a classic ballet.

Valentina Fermenti in DeadClub™.© Camilla Greenwell. (Click image for larger version)

Requardt & Rosenberg – DeadClub™ – London

★★★✰✰   It is a fascinating show, especially if you can bear to stand in warm surroundings for an hour…

ZooNation in The Mad Hatter's Tea Party.© Alice Pennefather, ROH. (Click image for larger version)

ZooNation – The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party – London

★★★★✰   ZooNation’s “The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party” has come a long way as a thoughtful Royal Opera House alternative to the Royal Ballet’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”.

Lea Anderson's Ladies and Gentlemen.© Phil Robertson. (Click image for larger version)

Lea Anderson – Ladies and Gentlemen – London

We all reminisce about the good old days; but, if you’re old enough, you may actually remember “The Good Old Days”…

Sylvie Guillem and Russell Maliphant in Push, taken in 2005. From a John Ross Gallery of 6 images.© John Ross.

2014 Dance Memories – London

Lynette Halewood with her personal selection of London dance memories this last year…

Tommy Franzen and Duwane Taylor in The Mad Hatter's Tea Party.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

ZooNation Dance Company – The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party – London

…a show that is all about simply feeling good and being part of an event rather than just a spectator.

Sarah Lamb and Vadim Muntagirov in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – London

Vadim Muntagirov, making his debut as Jack, is any girl’s dream of a dancing partner.

Sonia Rodriguez as Alice in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.© Aleksandar Antonijevic. (Click image for larger version)

National Ballet of Canada – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – New York

Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a showy affair…

Sarah Lamb in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.© Dave Morgan, by kind permission of the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – London

…though I don’t believe it’s a great work of art, there’s no denying that it’s fun.

Jillian Vanstone in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.© Cylla von Tiedemann. (Click image for larger version)

National Ballet of Canada – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Washington

The highly-anticipated and much-talked-about production of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has finally made its way to Washington D.C. for a ten-performance run in January…

Sona Kharatian (The Queen of Hearts) in The Washington Ballet's Alice (in Wonderland). © Brianne Bland. (Click image for larger version)

Washington Ballet – Alice (in Wonderland) – Washington

With Alice, Septime Webre has a smash hit on his hands. The new ballet has broken all records for the ticket sales (all performances were sold out far in advance, including the standing tickets); and it is already the Washington Ballet’s most successful production to-date…

Lauren Cuthbertson in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. © Johan Persson, courtesy ROH.

Royal Ballet – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – London

But if some grasp of the narrative can be assumed rather than supplied, Wheeldon still needs to make us care about his characters. He does succeed in making Alice a warm-blooded, strong-willed character, and Lauren Cuthbertson works extremely hard in the role to give us a lively, resourceful and energetic heroine. Jack is less strongly drawn. Federico Bonelli is certainly handsome enough for any teenager to fall for…

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