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Total duration 2 h 15 min
1 intermission (30 min)
11 performances
23.8.2019 – 28.5.2020
Ballets
Main Stage
tickets
15-99 €

Fall into a fairy-tale world

With brilliantly beautiful classical ballet, mesmerizing music, and sets and costumes fit for a fairy tale, Alice in Wonderland is a ballet sure to charm visitors of all ages. Jorma Elo’s choreography marches Lewis Carroll’s colourful characters from the pages of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass to the Main Stage of the Finnish National Ballet.

The ballet, which has only been performed for full houses, returns to the repertoire in August 2019 with a new version that shines even brighter than the last. Let the adventure begin.

Recommended for children over the age of 6.

Alice in Wonderland

“In the course of the story, Alice meets many characters who help her grow up to be a mature and empathetic human being.”

– Jorma Elo, choreographer

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Alice in Wonderland

The action begins with the death of Alice’s beloved father. Her strict mother requires her to obey her every whim. When Alice hears that her mother intends to contract an arranged marriage for her, she escapes into a fantasy world.

Synopsis

Alice is living at home with her beloved father, mother and brother, but the father dies unexpectedly. Eight years later, preparations are afoot for Alice’s engagement party. Alice, however, doesn’t want to get engaged. She sees the White Rabbit in a painting and follows him into the picture, which begins to spin. The entire room turns into a tunnel, resembling a bottomless well. The journey through it is strange yet fascinating. She is growing bigger – or is it that the things around her getting smaller?

Alice’s tears form a large pond. The creatures soaked by it try to get themselves dry in a crazy running race. Alice tries come up with rules for the race but fails and continues to chase the White Rabbit. As she meets the twins, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, she asks them how to find the White Rabbit and the way to the Queen’s garden.

Alice arrives at the house of the Duchess, where she’s received with hatred and condescension. When the Queen of Hearts invites the Duchess to take part in a game of croquet, the Duchess throws a baby into Alice’s arms and rushes off to get ready for the game. Alice soon notices that she’s taking care of a pig, not a baby. She then encounters the enchanting Butterfly and her friends. She asks her for advice on how to grow into a beautiful woman.

The White Knight is chasing the Queen’s Red Dragon, but he’s losing ground. Alice wants to help him, and the knight is full of gratitude.

Next, Alice finds a huge table set for a tea party. The party is attended by the Mad Hatter, the March Hare and the Dormouse, who claim there’s no room at the table for Alice. The White Rabbit makes the situation even more confusing. The watch has become upset and stopped at six in the evening, which means that the tea party will go on forever.   

Alice arrives at a meadow and gets a glimpse of her brother who’s being chased by the Queen of Hearts. She goes after the Queen of Hearts and her troops.

In the garden of the Queen of Hearts, the playing card gardeners who have accidentally planted white roses are trying to paint them red before the queen discovers their error. The Queen of Hearts arrives and orders the gardeners’ execution. She challenges Alice to a bizarre game of croquet but, annoyed at how the game is turning out, she orders everyone to be executed – including the Cheshire Cat, which the King would prefer to save. Alice suggests that they ask the opinion of the Duchess, the owner of the Cheshire Cat. By the time the Duchess arrives, however, the Cheshire Cat has disappeared.

The Queen has had the Knave of Hearts, Alice’s brother, imprisoned. The court case begins. The Knave of Hearts has been charged with stealing tarts baked by the Queen. The Mad Hatter and the Cook, serving as witnesses, cause a chaos, which enables Alice and the Knave of Hearts to escape.  

Alice and the White Knight fight a victorious battle against the Queen’s playing cards and her red dragon together.

The White Knight helps Alice get up the stairs out of Wonderland. Alice has grown and developed as a person. Her experiences in Wonderland have prepared her to face the world at home, where the entire adventure originally began.

A full synopsis and background information are available in the programme booklet.

Liisa ihmemaassa pukuluonnos

“I feel that ballet is the best medium for performing the tale of Alice.”

– Robert Perdziola, set and costume designer

Gallery

Robert Perdziola’s costume sketches

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Creative team

Choreography
Jorma Elo
Music
Ludwig van Beethoven
Music
G. F. Händel
Music
Edvard Grieg
Music
Felix Mendelssohn
Music
Joseph Haydn
Music
Carl Maria von Weber
Music
Hector Berlioz
Music
G. F. Stölzel
Sets, costumes
Robert Perdziola
Lighting and projection design
Mikki Kunttu

Cast

Performances & Tickets

2 h 15 min
1 intermission (30 min)
11 performances
23.8.2019 – 28.5.2020
Ballets
Main Stage
tickets
15-99 €
Wed 13.5.2020
at 19:00
Päänäyttämö
on sale
Sat 16.5.2020
at 19:00
Päänäyttämö
on sale
Fri 22.5.2020
at 19:00
Päänäyttämö
on sale
Thu 28.5.2020
at 19:00
Päänäyttämö
on sale
Fri 23.8.2019
at 19:00
Sat 24.8.2019
at 14:00
Thu 29.8.2019
at 19:00
Sat 31.8.2019
at 14:00
Wed 4.9.2019
at 19:00
Thu 5.9.2019
at 19:00
Thu 12.9.2019
at 19:00

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