We saw this – Christopher Wheeldon’s brand new ballet of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (the first long, narrative ballet the Royal Ballet has commissioned for 16 years) – when it was on for a week only, back in March. We loved it so much. It was a completely different experience from watching any other narrative ballet – and so much more exciting. Wait till you see the sets, and the way Alice grows and shrinks, never mind the score and dancing, which includes a sublime tap dancing Mad Hatter (to read more, click here). We wanted everyone to see it, but we couldn’t even share it with our nearest and dearest because tickets to the scandalously short run had sold out months before.
But hooray, it’s going to be screened on BBC2 this Easter Saturday. Of course watching ballet is never the same on TV as it is live on stage, but if it’s TV or nothing, we’re tuning in. Plus, there’s a half hour documentary, Being Alice, about the production being screened too, which is bound to be riveting. Dance documentaries almost always are, and this one focuses on principal dancer Lauren Cuthbertson, the rising star of the Royal Ballet.