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BalletMet presents ‘Alice’

Columbus’ ballet company goes through the rabbit hole with a show based on two stories penned by author Lewis Carroll in the 1800s. 

Edwaard Liang, artistic director of BalletMet, is looking forward to welcoming audiences to a world premiere he promises will be “lush, colorful, vibrant and imaginative.” Feb. 14 through 16, the Columbus-based troupe is staging “Alice,” a ballet based on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, two stories penned by British children’s author Lewis Carroll in the mid-1800s.

Like the books, the BalletMet production tells the story of a young girl who falls through a rabbit hole into the topsy-turvy world of Wonderland, a place populated by colorful characters including a clothed white rabbit, a foul-tempered Queen of Hearts, a hare that presides over a tea party and the Jabberwocky, an enormous scarlet-winged puppet with a 24-foot wingspan that will be carried aloft by members of the company.

“The story represents the best of both worlds for a ballet production,” Liang says. “It’s a classic that’s very well known, yet it offers so much possibility for creativity.”

The production combines dance, circus, theater and puppetry the artistic director describes as “a recipe for inspiration.” Costumes were made in collaboration with Cirque du Soleil.

“It was an adventure for us, and we never knew what surprises were in store as we put it together,” Liang says. “We’re looking forward to hosting audiences who only know us through ‘The Nutcracker’ so they can see what else we do at BalletMet.” 

Ohio Theatre, 39 E State St, Columbus 43215, 614/229-8460, balletmet.org

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