It seems like not too long ago that audiences ventured with Clara through the Land of the Sweets and now Cincinnati Ballet takes us yet on another journey, this time with Alice and her adventures in Wonderland. Septime Webre’s take on the iconic tale by Lewis Carroll is a feast for the senses both young and old can enjoy—vibrant sets and costumes, humor, an inspiring score by Matthew Pierce, and just enough touches of the classic story without being a total regurgitation (familiar characters like the Mad Hatter, King and Queen of Hearts, and White Rabbit all make their appearances). What’s more, Webre’s interpretation features choreography that both the balletomane, and the dancers themselves, can appreciate and find challenging—quick, complex footwork, intricate lifts and partnering sequences, and sweeping manèges. The dance of the flamingos in the first act is reminiscent of the entrance of the swans during act two of “Swan Lake,” complete with a pas de quatre like that found in the Tchaikovsky ballet.
Katherine Ochoa in Septime Webre’s “Alice (in Wonderland).” Photograph by Hiromi Platt