Alice in Wonderland is a ballet in two acts retelling the classic Lewis Carroll story
in the form of dance, set to unforgettable music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Enter
into the majestic setting of the classic tale and see the familiar story come to life in
an all-new way!
In 1995, English National Ballet commissioned a score for a full length ballet,
based on Lewis Carroll’s immortal masterpiece, Alice in Wonderland. The one
stipulation and challenge was for a score to be based on the music of Tchaikovsky.
Carl Davis accepted the challenge and a smash hit was born!
The centre of the score is derived from Tchaikovsky’s Album for the Young. Davis
also drew on Tchaikovsky’s Theatre Music, Tone Poems and Operas, as well as the
beautiful waltz from the Fifth Symphony for The Garden of Living Flowers. This
highly successful production was revived many times, including performances at
the Company’s London Coliseum seasons.
English National Ballet’s Alice in Wonderland is one of many adaptations of
Lewis Carroll’s classic tale. Lewis Carroll was the nom de plume of Charles L.
Dodgson. Born on January 27, 1832 in Daresbury, Cheshire, England, Charles
Dodgson wrote and created games as a child. At age 20 he received a studentship
at Christ Church and was appointed a lecturer in mathematics. Dodgson was shy
but enjoyed creating stories for children. Within the academic discipline of
mathematics, Dodgson worked primarily in the fields of geometry, linear and
matrix algebra, mathematical logic, and recreational mathematics, producing
nearly a dozen books under his real name. Dodgson also developed new ideas in
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linear algebra (e.g., the first printed proof of the Kronecker-Capelli theorem,)
probability, and the study of elections (e.g., Dodgson\'s method); some of this work
was not published until well after his death. His mathematical work attracted
renewed interest in the late 20th century. Martin Gardner\'s book on logic machines
and diagrams, and William Warren Bartley\'s posthumous publication of the second
part of Carroll\'s symbolic logic book have sparked a reevaluation of Carroll\'s
contributions to symbolic logic,
RETRIEVED FROM: http://www.alice-inwonderland.net/resources/analysis/story-origins/
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ILLUSTRATIONS BY CHARLES DODGESON
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As mathematics was a life-long passion of Charles Dodgson, several of the lessons
in this companion explore mathematical concepts, including proportion, ratio, area
and perimeter. Lessons begin in story with a comparison between the novel that
began it all, \"The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland,\" and the Disney adaptation,
Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, Jr. This is followed by Art, Math and Set
Design: Alice in Minecraft Land. In this lesson, students explore the art of John
Tenniel, the original animators of Disney’s Studios (otherwise known as The Nine
Old Men) and develop their own Minecraft illustrations while learning about area,
perimeter and ratios. The following lesson, The Science of Color Meets the
White Rabbit and the March Hare, looks at the possible inspiration for Lewis
Carroll’s White Rabbit and March Hare, further explores Disney animator Ward
Kimbell and introduces the work of modern-day English artist Helen Ahpornsiri.
Students learn the scientific differences between rabbits and hares, the importance
of complementary colors and how these colors influence human physiology and
create their own complementary color illustrations comparing rabbits and hares.
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