Jett Jackson: Stuck in Wonderland
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The J. Paul Getty museum is putting its collection online, which is currently in beta. Fortunately, some of the items available in the beta are nine Dodgson photos.
This is a new one on me, but who knows? A troupe called Bellydance Evolution is adapting Alice “through world fusion and Middle Eastern dance.” Sounds intriguing. August 1, 2014 in Los Angeles. Visit the Ford Theatre site for details.
For those of you who have not been able to see Christopher Wheeldon’s most excellent Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland ballet, now you may get the chance. In December the Royal Ballet will be live streaming the ballet to 283 locations. So far most seem to be in the UK, but it may expand to other locations. Check out this page for more details.
I bet if we all pooled our money we could buy this as our official residence and meeting place. Ah well, I can dream can’t I? Click me to see some actually quite nice photographs of the the house. And if any of you Mimsy Minions do in fact buy it, I would love to visit!
Animator Jennifer Linton want to make a film about Alice in contemporary Toronto using stop motion techniques. Her Indiegogo campaign has be a huge success having already reached its goal, but its not too late to get in on the perks and contribute to what looks like a beautiful modern retelling. Visit her Indiegogo page for all the details.
My acrophobia notwithstanding, this is a very cool photograph, well deserving of its win in the Clique Challenge in Sydney. Read the full story.
The winner: Buildings and Monuments Challenge, Rodney Campbell, Queen Victoria Building titled Down the Rabbit Hole. Photo: Rodney Campbell
Oh to be in Brighton next month. Probably of more interest to our compatriots across the pond, this sounds wonderful. I hope at some point there will be a DVD available. From their page: “It features a cast of just two human performers, a dozen colourful handmade puppets and a beautiful set that unfolds from a vintage trunk, alongside a magical soundtrack of original music composed especially for the show. From the surprising appearance of the Cheshire Cat to the madness of the Tea Party, this is a constantly inventive and refreshing take on Carroll’s classic work.” Click me for full details.
I’ve just learned about a new interactive eBook app version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. This one comes from award-winning designer Emmanuel Paletz. This version draw images from Flemish and Dutch Renaissance paintings to give the eBook a uniquely textured and “classical” look. It’s like a mash-up of Lewis Carroll and an elegant art history class. Add a lot of nifty-looking interactions, and you have a creation that should be entertaining for children and adults alike.
To read all about the app, click me. The app’s website itself is visually delightful, and well worth a look. Mr. Paletz talks about Lewis Carroll’s appreciation of art, and how images like Quentin Matsys’s famous painting “The Ugly Duchess,” referenced by Tenniel in his illustration. became a touchstone for his whole project. The entire eBook took Paletz about four years to create– a labor of love. His Q&A section also talks about subtle political/social commentary that he has added here and there, as well–but nothing too overt to spoil the fun of Carroll’s story. And that’s a good thing, because as the author himself was quick to point out, in this book he wanted to entertain, not moralize.
The iPad app costs $4.99 and is available now on iTunes. An Andoid tablet version (also $4.99) and versions for iPhone and Android smartphones ($2.99) will be available in the near future.
Here’s a promotional video for the eBook. (If it doesn’t appear below, try reloading this page in your web browser.)
It should come as no surprise that the latest in Disney’s Johnny Depp-fueled Alice films is not based on Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass. The director speaks.
Will you, won’t you, will you, won’t you, won’t you join the dance?
London’s Royal Ballet will remount their acclaimed production of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland during the 2014 holiday season. And in a clever cross-marketing move, the Ballet has also invited popular hip hop dance company ZooNation to present their own “hip” (and “hop,” presumably) version of the tale, The Mad Hatter’s T Party, in their smaller theatre downstairs at the same time. Twice the Carrollian fun for theatre and dance (and Alice) fans!
For more information, click me.