The National Ballet of Canada will perform its Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in Los Angeles this October, bringing the company to California for the first time since 2004.
The new Alice, created by choreographer Christopher Wheeldon for the National Ballet and Britain's Royal Ballet, was a huge success upon its world premiere in 2011 and drew international interest. Teaming up for a co-commission with a British company helped the Toronto-based National Ballet land a project by the superstar choreographer and also split the estimated $2 million cost of creating a brand new work.
Alice will be performed at the Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County from Oct. 19-21 as part of a season that also includes performances by the Joffrey Ballet and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. The multidisciplinary arts venue specifically requested the new ballet.
The National Ballet's 2012-13 season includes an ambitious tour schedule. Alice will also tour to Washington, D.C. in January 2013.
The company will return to Sadler's Wells in London — for the first time since 1987 — with performances of Romeo and Juliet from April 17-21, 2013.
The Los Angeles tour is being made possible by private donors, including the Catherine & Maxwell Meighen Foundation, Rosamond and Richard M. Ivey, Robert and Judith Lawrie and Wallace and Margaret McCain, as well as the fee paid by the Los Angeles venue.
In Canada, the troupe recently performed The Seagull in Ottawa. Meanwhile, the company's YOU dance outreach program for students in grades four to six travels to Thunder Bay and North Bay, Ont., in late April.