Portland Festival Ballet: Alice in Wonderland
The College of the Arts welcomes Community Partner Portland Festival Ballet.
This spring, Portland Festival Ballet will interpret “Alice in Wonderland” as a ballet. John Magnus, Portland Festival Ballet’s artistic director, is creating his own, original version, to be performed May 10 in a new venue for PFB – Lincoln Hall at Portland State University. With new choreography, new costumes, and 12 new scenes, Mr. Magnus chose Alice as something “a little quirkier” for PFB’s spring show.
While most people know Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland” movie, Carroll’s original is “a very bizarre story,” Mr. Magnus notes. “It’s very dark; it’s about death; it’s about discovering the self, maturity, growing up. … She grows and she shrinks, and in the end she comes out much stronger than she started at the beginning. She stands up for herself.”
The PFB production will aim for quirky and lighthearted. “A fun story ballet that I feel people can identify with, especially children,” Mr. Magnus says. “I’m playing this more toward the children than for grownups, but the grownups can also enjoy it.”
Performances Saturday, May 10 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm.
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