At our recent Winston-Salem meeting, we heard briefly from Ms. Amber Adams, a choreographer and dancer hoping to raise funds to finance a physical theatre program based on “Alice in Wonderland” in Wilmington, NC. As always, we make no comment or endorsement of anything we post per se; we just like to keep you informed!
Attention lovers of Carroll/Alice-themed art! We have just learned of the following exhibit, opening May 9th. If you attend, drop us a line and let us know what you thought!
Camille Rose Garcia: Down the Rabbit Hole Walt Disney Family Museum
San Francisco, California
May 9–November 3, 2013
This exhibition will feature two very different artists who have contributed to the canon of Alice illustration: Mary Blair and Camille Rose Garcia. Color stylist and designer Mary Blair helped introduce modern art to Walt Disney and his studio, and worked with him for nearly 30 years. Ten of her concept paintings for the 1951 Alice in Wonderland animated film will be on display. Juxtapozed (the spelling is intentional to reflect the sponsor of the exhibit) with this are 40 drawings by Camille Rose Garcia from her illustrated Wonderland in 2010. “With her conscious disregard for perspective or scale in her compositions, Garcia creates a fresh and contemporary depiction of the dreamlike story. Her illustrations not only draw from a Goth sensibility, but also the thriving ‘low-brow art’ movement in Los Angeles and its references to classic cartoons, 60’s TV sitcoms, rock music, and comic books.” Further information at http://www.waltdisney.org/garcia.
Today, we received this note and clever riff on Lewis Carroll’s famous poem Jabberwocky, from Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There. Thank you, Austin Dixon, for sharing this with everyone! Readers: if you enjoy it, please post a comment here to let Austin know you appreciate his efforts. Thanks! Now, we just need someone to write a version as a Monty Python script.
I would like to submit this Jabberwocky parody for your consideration. It’s what Jabberwocky would look like if it were a Python Script. I wrote this myself, and I give you the right to use it on your site if you wish. Just include my name if you do. Thanks.
Apologies that we haven’t made a new post in a while. We have been off hunting Snarks–unsuccessfully, which may be just as well. Today, as Fate would have it, we received this very civilized note:
Dear Lewis Carroll Society
My name is Josh Sobel and I am Literary Manager for Chicago’s Strawdog Theatre Company. I hope this email finds you well! I noticed that you had posted information about the last time a Chicago theatre company had adapted Carroll for the stage, with the opera BOOJUM!
As it turns out, the Snark has found its way to Chicago once again – I am directing an environmental, ensemble-based adaptation of the poem THE HUNTING OF THE SNARK with Strawdog, taking place in our Hugen Hall space (essentially our pub) and utilizing the actual text of the poem itself in inventive and unexpected ways.
We have gathered 12 brilliant Chicago actors and have been working to bring the story to life in a minimalist, highly imaginative style, an almost pub-theatre approach engaging directly with the audience to open up their imaginations to the magic of this journey.
Thank you very much for your time! All the best, Josh Sobel
Their enclosed press release includes the following details:
Performances: May 6 – May 28 at Strawdog Theatre Hugen Hall, 3829 North Broadway Street. The performance schedule is Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m.; May 20 and 21 performances are at 9 p.m. Opening/Press Night is Monday, May 6 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. Tickets may be ordered online at strawdog.org or by calling OvationTix toll-free: 866-811-4111.
Based on the classic Lewis Carroll poem, The Hunting Of The Snark, is a family friendly show inviting its guests to come aboard for a tall tale of mischief and mayhem, of high sea hijinks and impossible voyages, of an improbable crew and an extraordinary task, of an inconceivable creature in a peculiar land, and of the unquenchable thirst for adventure. A design and ensemble-based piece mixing theatrical influences from Chicago and around theworld; Strawdog stretches, flexes, trips over a ladder and treats the audience to a hilarious and touching take on one of the world’s best loved poems.
If you attend this production, please email us a 1-2 paragraph write-up that we can share on this blog!
Warner Home Video and BBC America have teamed up to release two Alice in Wonderland rarities on DVD. The first is the BBC’s 1986 production of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland staring Kate Dorning as Alice, originally broadcast as a weekly series of four 30-minute episodes. The second is the 1973 production of Alice Through the Looking-Glass with Sarah Sutton as Alice. You can be sure you won’t find either of these on your local video streaming service. Both can be purchased from the BBC America Shop and are currently listed at a special “new release price” of $15.98. See below for links.
Imagine the scene in the gallery: on a giant screen, you watch Alice leap off a book and lead you into Wonderland. Slowly you realize that the animation you are watching is somehow watching you—and copying your every move. As the artist, Ruth Sergel, describes it: “In front of the looking glass, fantasy and reality merge as Alice fluidly mirrors the viewer’s every move.” The interactive work is currently being exhibited at Multimedier Schlachthof in Berlin, Germany.
Ruth Sergel is an American artist, activist, and “interactive technology designer” whose film and performance work has appeared at MOMA in New York, and in galleries around Europe. More information about “Alice in Berlin” can be found on Sergel’s website, Street Pictures, where there is also a video showing visitors interacting with Alice.
Back in November we told you about Rob Stone, the game designer who rediscovered a lost Alice in Wonderland card game and published the rules for all to read online. Rob made that discovery while researching his own Alice-inspired game. His game, called “Alice: Adventures in Wonderland Board Game,” is now finished and he is raising funds to launch it using a Kickstarter campaign.
Rob’s game features two decks of cards—a player character deck and a story deck—and a story board, along which players move through the chapters of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Rob explains:
It was important to us not to add anything to the story; to remain faithful to the original work so that fans as well as educators would find in this game, a pathway to experiencing the characters, places and events in Wonderland in a way we call going beyond the book. It doesn’t replace the book or add to it, rather it transports the story into the three-dimensional space of a tabletop board game.
On the Kickstarter campaign page you can read a fuller description of the the game-to-be, and, if you like the sound of it, you can make a donation to help bring it to life.
Attention all Colorado Carrollians: One Night Stand Theater will be presenting “One Night Stand in Wonderland,” an evening of theatrical readings and plays about Lewis Carroll and his creations, on Sunday, April 7, 7:00 p.m. at the Vintage Theatre, in Old Downtown Aurora.
The performance features stories and nonsense poetry from “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass,” as well as short plays and adaptations inspired by Alice in Wonderland by local playwrights Bill Thompson and Dave Brandl.
“Our goal for the evening is to travel through the humorous, twisted logic of the two Alice books and make stops along the way with the interesting characters she encounters,” says One Night Stand Theater artistic director James O’Leary. “In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll created a multi-faceted world, and we hope to explore some of the many layers of that world and allow the characters to come to life through the talents of our actors.”
Also found on his blog was this passionate ALL-CAPS artist’s statement (I’ve included a sloppy Google translation below.)
CUANTAS VECES LEÍ Y ESCUCHÉ, QUE EL ARTE HABÍA MUERTO, QUE LA PINTURA DE CABALLETE YA NO TENIA SENTIDO, CUANTAS VECES A LOS ARTISTAS QUE TRATAMOS DE SEGUIR UN OFICIO Y REVERENCIAMOS LAS TÉCNICAS DE NUESTROS MAESTROS NOS RECHAZAN DE TODO EVENTO ARTÍSTICO NOVEDOSO O VANGUARDISTA, PERO ¿HAY ALGO MAS NOVEDOSO PARA ESTOS TIEMPOS QUE VIVIMOS QUE ESTE TIPO DE PINTURA? EN UNA ÉPOCA DONDE TODO ES VORÁGINE Y VÉRTIGO, EL ARTE TE OBLIGA A CONTEMPLAR; EN UN TIEMPO DONDE TODO SE ACELERA, EL ARTE TE LLEVA A RESPIRAR PROFUNDO Y TENER OBJETIVOS PENSADOS CON TIEMPO; AHORA QUE TODO ES VIRTUAL INGRÁVIDO INMATERIAL, EL ARTE TE HACE SENTIR LAS TEXTURAS, AHORA QUE LA TECNOLOGÍA AVANZA APLASTANDO TODO LO ANTERIOR, PARA HACER ESTE ARTE NECESITAS SOLO DE UN PEDAZO DE CARBÓN COMO HACE 12000 AÑOS.
QUIZÁS ES CIERTO Y TENGAN RAZÓN LOS CRÍTICOS Y PUEDE QUE LOS PINTORES SOLO SEAMOS SOMBRAS DE UN ARTE YA MUERTO, PERO MIENTRAS SIENTA ESA NECESIDAD DE AGARRAR UN PINCEL Y OLVIDARME DEL MUNDO, SUS PROBLEMAS Y SUS MIEDOS Y SOLAMENTE HUNDIRME EN PENSAMIENTOS QUE SE TRANSFORMAN EN COLORES E IMÁGENES, VOY A SEGUIR DISFRUTANDO , PINTANDO TANTO, ANTES DEL FIN…
MANY TIMES read and heard, that art was dead, that easel painting no longer made sense, how often to artists who try to follow a trade and revere our teachers TECHNIQUES WE DISCLAIM ALL NOVEL or avant-garde artistic event, But is there anything more novel for these times we live in that this type of paint? In an age where EVERYTHING IS maelstrom and vertigo, ART forces you to contemplate, in a time where everything is accelerating, ART TAKES YOU AND HAVE A DEEP BREATH OBJECTIVES DESIGNED WITH TIME, now that everything is weightless VIRTUAL HERITAGE, THE ART TE DO feel textures, now that technology treaded FOREGOING, THIS ART TO NEED JUST A PIECE OF COAL AS 12,000 years ago. PERHAPS HAVE REASON IS TRUE AND CRITICS AND MAY ONLY WE ARTISTS ART AND SHADOWS OF A DEAD, BUT THAT WHILE SITTING need to grab a brush and forget the world, their problems and their fears and sink ONLY IN THOUGHTS become colors and images, I’ll keep enjoying, PAINTING BOTH BEFORE END …
“NO CUENTES LO QUE VISTE EN LOS JARDINES…” by Ricardo Selma