PITTSBURGH, March 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pittsburgh Ballet
Theatre brings one of the world's most beloved children's stories to life
in the critically-acclaimed full length production of Alice in Wonderland,
set for five performances, April 17-20 at the Benedum Center. Originally
created for English National Ballet, this production of Alice in Wonderland
has never before been seen in North America. Sponsored by The Bank of New
York Mellon and The Pittsburgh Foundation, the production will delight
audiences with Derek Deane's magnificent choreography, fabulous designs by
Sue Blane and breathtaking illusions by Paul Kieve. All of the magic and
mystery of Lewis Carroll's classic book are brought together through
Tchaikovsky's brilliant score, arranged by Carl Davis.
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Based on Lewis Carroll's cherished 1865 book, Alice in Wonderland was
created in 1995 by English National Ballet's then Artistic Director, Derek
Deane. A former Senior Principal dancer with The Royal Ballet, Deane
retired from performing in 1989 to pursue a career as a teacher and
choreographer. He was then appointed Artistic Director of English National
Ballet and English National Ballet School in 1993. In 2001, Deane left
English National Ballet to teach and choreograph internationally.
For designer Sue Blane, the sets, scenery and costumes were a huge
undertaking. Each cast requires 90 costumes, and some of her challenges
included creating costumes the dancers could move freely in and designing
tutus for the deck of cards that enable the dancers to balance but are also
light and maneuverable. The wardrobe department commissioned 22 costume
makers, four painters, two headdress makers and one milliner, and spread
work out over 80 or 90 outworkers, to produce over 250 costumes, 47 wigs
and 30 prosthetic pieces. The extensive scenery and sets, including
numerous 3D objects, weighs 12 tons and is transported in six 40-foot
Illusionist Paul Kieve, magic consultant to Walt Disney Theatrical
Productions, provides the magic of Alice's adventures through a series of
stunning illusions. Among them are a table that grows to indicate Alice's
diminishing size, roses that change color when the Royal Gardeners paint
them red and the Duchess' flying house.
The score for Alice in Wonderland is made up of excerpts from various
Tchaikovsky compositions, including 15 excerpts from Album for the Young.
Weaving together these fragments is musical arranger Carl Davis.
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre has long been recognized as being among the
elite of national ballet companies for its extraordinary level of quality
in bringing the best of classical and contemporary dance to the region.
Tickets for Alice in Wonderland are $20.00-$88.00 and are available at
Theater Square Box Office, by calling 412-456-6666 or by visiting
http://www.pbt.org. For group rates and special events, please call
412-281-0360 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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SOURCE Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre