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Alice (in wonderland)

by Matthew Pierce

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Prologue 01:16
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Family Chaos 04:47
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Boat Ride 04:33
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White Rabbit 02:13
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Door Ballet 07:58
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Flamingos 01:28
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Cheshire Cat 04:11
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Caterpillar 04:39
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Tea Party 02:59
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Junior Cards 01:45
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Joker 01:24
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Queens Flirt 01:48
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Croquet Game 03:54
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Puppetflies 01:50
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Jabberwock 03:11
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Act I: Tracks 1 - 24
Act II: Tracks 25 - 40
Bonus Tracks: 41 and 42

So it goes in this wacky ballet, a theatrical extravaganza whose charms don’t give out until composer/conductor/first violinist Matthew Pierce plays his last note of his beautifully realized score. (Yes, he plays violin while he conducts. Talk about wonders.) Webre’s account, which draws on characters and events from Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking-Glass,” is a giddy parade, a pop-art dream, a feat of fevered imagination. And an instant hit: All performances, which conclude Sunday, are sold out.

Another key counterbalance to the heat of Webre’s choreography and Vandal’s frocks is the music. It is the crowning luxury of this ballet. What a treasure — a specially commissioned score, composed scene by scene in close discussion with Webre, and performed live by a string orchestra and percussionist. The cherry on top: Pierce’s visionary result, a shimmering landscape that weaves together bits of our own world — Asian, Middle Eastern, pop riffs, jazz — with a contemporary edge and a spirit of discovery. And, yes, wonder.

Sarah Kaufman, www.washingtonpost.com

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released April 11, 2012

Alice (in wonderland)

Music: Matthew Pierce
Choreography: Septime Webre
Costume Design: Liz Vandal
Set Design: James Kronzer
Lighting Design: Clifton Taylor
Puppet Design: Eric J. Van Wyk

World Premiere at the Eisenhower Theater
Kennedy Center for the Arts
April 11, 2012 by the Washington Ballet
Septime Webre, Artistic Director

Queen of Hearts: Sona Kharatian
Photography: Dean Alexander, www.deanalexander.com
Creative: Design Army, designarmy.com

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Matthew Pierce East Northport, New York

Composer/Violinist Matthew Pierce is celebrated for his new classical scores commissioned by American ballet companies. Born in Brooklyn in 1968, Pierce grew up in Seattle, studied violin performance with Shirley Givens at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and moved to New York where he began writing music for the theater. Pierce has a special aptitude for dance. ... more

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