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Hong Kong Ballet
ALICE (in wonderland)
by Septime Webre, artistic director

7:30 pm Friday, April 24, 2020

Get ready for a wild, wild ride down the rabbit hole! Bursting with energy and imagination, Septime Webre’s extravagant ALICE (in wonderland) explodes with jaw-dropping excitement and fantasy. Marvel at the sleek and chic costumes, bold sets, and thrilling original score.

This giddy, over-the-top reimagining of Lewis Carroll’s timeless tale promises exhilarating fun for all ages. Fasten your seatbelts, and join Hong Kong Ballet on a spectacular adventure overflowing with unexpected humor and unbridled passion.

Hong Kong Ballet, founded in 1979, is one of the premier ballet companies in Asia. The company—with almost fifty dancers from Asia, Australia, Europe, and the United States—features a repertoire combining classical masterpieces, admired contemporary works, and newly commissioned ballets. Webre, former artistic director of The Washington Ballet, joined Hong Kong Ballet as artistic director in 2017.

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ALICE (in wonderland) Young Dancers Audition

4:00 pm Friday, January 10, 2020

Eisenhower Auditorium

Free and open to children ages 7–14; registration required

Auditions, which will take place 4–9 p.m., are open to children ages 7–14. Children must be registered to audition, and one adult must accompany each dancer. Standard ballet attire is required. Students with experience might be asked to dance en pointe. Audition participants should enter Eisenhower Auditorium via the rear-building loading dock door.

All dancers cast in the production must report to mandatory rehearsals Saturday and Sunday, January 11 and 12. January 11 rehearsals will be long. Subsequent required rehearsals will take place on Sundays February 23; March 1, 15, and 22; and April 5 and 19. Rehearsal times and locations will be determined. One adult must accompany each dancer.

To register or ask questions, contact Medora Ebersole at mde13@psu.edu.

Students are encouraged to attend a free one-hour workshop at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5, in Eisenhower to familiarize themselves with the audition process. Dancers will be guided through an exercise to simulate an audition and will have an opportunity to ask questions about the process. Workshop attendees should arrive by 1:30 p.m. and enter Eisenhower through the loading dock door.

Parking for the Jan. 5 workshop and Jan. 10 auditions will be available in the East and HUB parking decks on the University Park campus. Each is about a 10-minute walk to the auditorium. Only Penn State parking permit holders may park in the Eisenhower Parking Deck. Permit holders will not be charged for parking.

ALICE (in wonderland) will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 24, in Eisenhower.


Artistic Viewpoints

6:30 pm Friday, April 24, 2020

Eisenhower Auditorium

Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring a visiting artist or artists, is offered in Eisenhower Auditorium one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders. Artistic Viewpoints regularly fills to capacity, so seating is available on a first-arrival basis.

Audio Description

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Audio description, which is especially helpful to patrons with sight loss, is available for this performance at no extra charge to ticket holders. Reservations are required at least two weeks in advance of the performance. Phone 814-238-0132 to reserve this service.