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Avant Chamber Ballet presents ‘Alice in Wonderland’

Avant Chamber Ballet in 'Alice in Wonderland'. Photo by Sharen Bradford.
Avant Chamber Ballet in 'Alice in Wonderland'. Photo by Sharen Bradford.

Dallas’ Avant Chamber Ballet goes down the rabbit hole again with the smash-hit of Alice in Wonderland created by choreographer and director Katie Puder and composer Mikayla Dobson. The performances will be February 17-18, at Moody Performance Hall in Dallas, TX.

The show is a family-friendly retelling of Lewis Carroll’s famous story of magical adventures with all your favorite characters from the books. The ballet first burst onto the stage in 2013, in an explosion of color, stage magic and inventive choreography.

Dobson’s commissioned score combines a quirky fantasy world with sweeping melodies that gesture to ballet scores of the 19th century. Costumes by Ann Boyce, design by Zero Productions and a student cast from The Dallas Conservatory create a magical world for all ages.

Alice encounters a cast of extraordinary and instantly recognizable characters, from the highly strung Queen of Hearts to a playing card corps de ballet, a sinuous caterpillar and a nutty Mad Hatter. The result shows Avant Chamber Ballet at its best: bringing together world-class dance and live orchestra with enchanting family entertainment.

“I am thrilled to revisit this production and make it even grander,” Puder says. “We have grown so much since the ballet premiered. It’s just a joy of a show from the dancers to the orchestra and the student cast of 60!”

Avant Chamber Ballet’s mission is to bring exceptional live dance and chamber music together for audiences in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Its ensemble of classically trained dancers presents a diverse repertoire of classical and contemporary works from local choreographers, as well as internationally acclaimed artists. Since the company’s inaugural season in 2012, Avant Chamber Ballet has presented over 20 world premiere ballets.

Avant Chamber Ballet will present Alice in Wonderland from February 17-18, at Moody Performance Hall in Dallas, TX. For tickets and more information, visit www.avantchamberballet.org/performances.

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