We went to see the ballet of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" done by the National Ballet of Canada, at the Music Center yesterday afternoon. It was absolutely fabulous, and I highly recommend it.
There had been a couple of preview articles about the production in the Sunday Los Angeles Times recently, and it sounded so clever and charming that I thought, "right!" -- something for everyone, with ballet and humor and technical derring-do. We splurged, so that instead of the nose-bleed section we were in the heart-attack section of the Dorothy Chandler, but it was worth it, since there was so much to see that we surely would have missed much up in the balconies.
And there was a great lot to see. This might be my only complaint, if you can call it that, that you might have to see it four or five times to find everything going on in some of the scenes!
It was all just really satisfyingly clever, bits of Balanchine and Busby Berkeley, much gnashing of scenery, laugh-out-loud choreography (Alice getting stuck in the tiny doorway, for one), inspired costumes and sets, with a great deal of wit and good spirit shining through the whole thing. Absolutely fantastic!