Royal Ballet Alice Now on Blu-Ray

Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon’s 2010 setting for the Royal Ballet, with an original score by  Joby Talbots, was filmed at the Royal Opera House and is now available on  Blu-ray from Opus Arte. The ballet has garnered very positive reviews as it traveled around the globe (including at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles in October 2012, and at the Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C., in January, 2013). It was released on regular DVD in 2010 and 2014. A preview is available here.

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Lovely Clé de Peau Beauté Commercial

Clé de Peau Beauté, a global skincare product line, has made a sweet commercial with the tag line “Turn the key to a world of fantastical discovery. Unlock Wonderland.” Click here. (If you view it on smartphone through a VR viewer, you have the option of seeing it in 3D!)

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ACMI Catalog: Phenomenal!

The phenomenal “Wonderland” exhibition on various aspects of Alice’s adventures in films at ACMI (The Australian Centre for the Moving Image) running through October 6 was reported on by Matt Crandall in the Spring 2018 issue of the Knight Letter (KL 100:57). What we neglected to mention was how fantastic their catalog is. Published by Thames & Hudson as an oversize hardcover, it is sumptuously illustrated, superbly designed, and contains many enlightening essays. The fine price of AU$65 is somewhat dampened by the shipping cost (AU$88), a total of US$111. Nonetheless, most highly recommended! Order it here! (And you get a free tote bag!)

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Steadman Benched!

Ok, it’s taken us a while to notice it, but in the summer of 2014, a project by the National Literacy Trust (UK) scattered 50 book-shaped benches across the capital for the summer, each dedicated to an iconic London-related author or character (although that criterion is rather loosely interpreted; Dr. Seuss?). Through the Looking-Glass (left) was drawn, obviously, by Ralph Steadman. Read about it in The Guardian; a list and photos of the fifty benches is here. They were auctioned off that October.

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Viral at Last! Instagram Attracts 40,000 to Read Alice

Thanks to the New York Public Library’s InstaNovels project, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland “went viral on Instagram this week, spruced up for the digital age as a colorful, animated Instagram Story that leads into the complete text of the 1865 novel. The #InstaNovels project is an attempt to remind younger Internet users about libraries and to plug its free e-book program and popular podcasts. Some 39,673 people opened up Alice and stayed with it to the end.” USAToday reported it here.

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Face Off!

Face Off is an American reality television game show on the Syfy cable network in which a group of makeup artists compete against each other to create prostheses such as are found in science fiction and horror films. The grand finale of the thirteenth (and final) season, called Face Off: Battle Royale, has something of interest. As one viewer put it, “Episodes 9 and 10 (originally aired July 31 and August 7) were called ‘Through the Looking Glass’ Parts I and II. The challenge was for three teams to create makeup and costuming for new characters from ‘lost’ chapters of Through the Looking-Glass. Scripts were provided, and a short movie was then filmed using the contestants’ character designs. Whoever came up with the new characters seems to have been channeling Oz, not Wonderland. There was a person of porcelain, a person of tin, a lollipop girl, a ginger general—all that was missing was a cowardly lion.” More info: Part One and Part Two.

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A New Russian Collection by Dmitry Yermolovich

Dmitry Yermolovich, Professor of Translation at Moscow State Linguistic University and a fine illustrator as well, has previously published Wonderland, Looking-Glass, and The Snark in bilingual editions, which he discussed in “As You Translate, So Shall You Draw” in KL 97:11-22, and “Drawing the Looking-Glass Country” in KL 99:11-15. This new hardcover collection, Все шедевры (All the Masterpieces), contains those three books, 32 of his color plates, “Phantasmagoria” (in a new translation), “The Three Voices,” “The Lang Coortin’,” “Hiawatha’s Photographing,” “The Mad Gardener’s Song,” and Carroll’s limericks, all annotated. The book is entirely in Russian.

His website (in Russian) is here, and you can order directly from the publisher on eBay for only $27 including free shipping!

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Introducing Max Sir

Chilean-born global citizen Max Sir is an artist, painter, playwright, theater director, actor, writer, and photographer who has exhibited in New York, Moscow, Berlin, Costa Rica, Washington DC, London, Athens, Paris, and Prague, among other cities. The world of Alice is a crucial part of his oeuvre. His Alicia comprises a theatrical piece (scroll down halfway), a series of 144 paintings, fine art prints, and a forthcoming graphic novel, art book, and clothing line. The play was conceived, directed, and co-written (with Natalia Miranda Guzman) by Max, and had its world premiere in 2017 at Teatro Espressivo in Costa Rica. The paintings (in various configurations) can currently be seen in London at Chilean Embassy and the Parallax Art Fair, after touring Europe (Berlin, Prague, Athens, Paris, and London). Some of them will be shown at Comic Con Ukraine in Kiev in September.

Current members of any active Lewis Carroll Society (North America, the UK, Japan, Brazil, the Netherlands) are invited to purchase one of his limited-edition fine art prints (example at right) at a heartily discounted price, as his way of opening the door to the Carrollian universe. The password is “specialedition”.

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Tiniest Alice Sculpture Ever!

On July 7, a segment of The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan, a British television show hosted by the eponymous comedian/actor, featured the work of micro-miniaturist sculptor Willard Wigan, who first came to our attention in 2016 when he made the news by accidentally inhaling Alice as he was making his Tea-Party. Read about it in the Daily News,  the Telegraph, or watch Wigan’s TED talk.

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Maggie Taylor’s Looking-Glass Published

Maggie Taylor’s superb photocollages illuminating Looking-Glass are now available for purchase in both deluxe and trade editions. See prior post for details.

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