by Lewis Carroll
Alice falls asleep one afternoon, only to wake up to a world completely different than the one she is used to. In that world you can cause a flood by crying, suddenly grow 3 meters just for eating a cookie, meet caterpillars who talk about philosophy, and go to an insane tea party with a rabbit. You can also spontaneously become part of a trial. So is that world mad? Or is Alice mad for not understanding the world she inhabits? Or is she also mad for just being a part of it?
Lewis Carrolls most famous work will never stop bringing joy to young audiences with its playful and rich world, but also will not stop fascinating adults with the depth it has and the many references it brings up at different points in our life. And in all of its madness, Alice in wonderland is quite sobering and refreshing. It is a strong statement on understanding and accepting ourselves and the world around us, however complicated and strange it might be.
Although to Alice everything seems hard to understand in the begging, she learns to respect it, to explore it. She even becomes fascinated with her surroundings. Unless the surrounding threatens her or makes her do thing she doesn’t want. Then she make up her mind, knowing she has a right to her own voice at the end, she decides to stand up for herself. Alice in wonderland is a playful and smart portrayal that can be read as a story about a young girl transitioning to adulthood. But, if we are completely honest, it is a piece of art that in each sentences reminds adults that many thing in life just don’t make sense to us – and that even a whole lifetime will not be enough to figure some things out.
Directed and choreographed by: Magdalena Reiter
Dramatization: Eva Mahkovic
Cast: Lena Hribar, Ana Hribar, Aja Kobe, Rok Kunaver, Matevž Müller, Lada Petrovski Ternovšek, Dušan Teropšič
Costum design: Ana Savić Gecan
Set design: Andrej Rutar
Music: Mitja Vrhovnik Smrekar
Video design: Atej Tutta
Dramaturgy: Vedrana Klepica
Choreography assistant: Lada Petrovski Ternovšek
Photography: Barbara Čeferin
Production: Anton Podbevšek Teater, Ljubljana Puppet Theatre
Premiere: 30.11.2019 (Anton Podbevšek Teater), 14.01.2020 (Ljubljana Puppet Theatre)