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Described as “fun, furious, frantic, and utterly fantastic! The surreal world of Lewis Carroll’s Alice, both in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, is given an extra twist in operatic treatment. At less than an hour for the whole opera, this short, sharp shot of mayhem is ideal as a family treat. Antony McDonald directs and designs this new production – the first ever staging of this musically virtuoso opera – with more than a touch of the Victorian toy theatre.”
To demonstrate the new “intelligent voice control” feature of the 2020 Mercedes Benz GLE, their television commercial “Wonderland” begins with an English-accented young lady reading, “‘Curiouser and curiouser,’ said Alice,” then shows a white rabbit in the snow as the car goes into a tunnel (“The rabbit-hole went straight on like a tunnel for some way…”), a shot shows a crescent moon (“… a grin without a cat”), the cup in the cup holder is labeled “Drink Me,” and later the book’s title is displayed on the dashboard console. We’ll forgive the slight misquote (it should be “cried Alice”).
Larissa Averbug is a Brazilian graphic designer and researcher in children’s literature, carrying out her PhD at PUC-Rio, Brazil, in the Arts & Design Department, and has been studying Lewis Carroll and Alice since her master’s degree in 2011. She is presently a visiting PhD researcher at Queen Mary University of London, under the supervision of Professor Kiera Vaclavik.
“The Wasp in a Wig Challenge” is part of her PhD research, entitled “The Multiple Faces of Alice: An Irreversible Creative Dynamic. “The intent is to investigate, in practice, the creative thinking of contemporary visual artists from distinct media through a ludic experiment. This creative exercise with the artists takes place as a sort of a game and should embrace interactions among the most engaged artists. The idea is proposing the following challenge: to produce an image, in any media, of the Wasp in a Wig, from the ‘lost’ episode from Through the Looking-Glass. This challenge is now being materialized through mailing letters with an invitation. Depending on the circumstances, this creative exercise could result in an exhibition and a book for collectors.”
If you would be interested in participating, contact Larissa at email@example.com, and she will send you a formal invitation in the mail.
On January 2 at 9:15 pm (Greenwich Mean Time) BBC Radio 4 Extra rebroadcasted a 45-minute adaptation of “The Hunting of the Snark,” directed by Charlotte Riches, narrated by actor Tony Richardson, and with music and songs composed by Katie Chatburn. First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2015, it is available for online listening for the rest of the month. The last time the BBC did “The Snark” was in December of 1963, with Sir Alec Guinness doing the honors. Although not downloadable, one can record the audio on one’s computer using Audacity or similar software.
The 150th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of The Annotated Alice has just been published by Aki Shobo in Japanese translation. Although smaller in format and all in black-and-white, I’m sure all collectors will want it. It joins translations in Chinese and Spanish.
London’s Miraphora Mina and Rio de Janeiro’s Eduardo Lima started working together in 2002 to imagine and create the graphic universe of the Harry Potter™ film series. In 2009 they formed their own design studio, MinaLima™, “with the objective of creating distinctive and unconventional design and illustration for the entertainment and publishing industries,” and have gone on to great success.
They also conceived and illustrated the bestselling MinaLima™ Classics series for HarperCollins, currently at six titles, including a recently released Wonderland/Looking-Glass with interactive elements. Signed copies are available from them here, or trade editions at any bookstore. One can also buy prints (and get a look at their illustrations) here.
In KL 97:54, we reviewed an Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland illustrated by Charles van Sandwyk and bemoaned the fact that The Folio Society published it only in a deluxe limited edition selling for $865 (2016). The review concluded with a quote from their marketing manager, who said, “As yet we have no plans for a trade edition, but it is not impossible that we would publish [one] in the fullness of time.” Time has, evidently, become full, as their new catalog now lists a trade edition for $70!
The enormously popular American singer-songwriter, actress, and director Melanie Martinez (b. 1995) is somewhat sui generis; The Guardian describes her music as “off-kilter, sweary electropop.” Her debut studio album, Cry Baby (2015), which went on to be certified platinum, contains a song called “Mad Hatter,” obviously based on the two Disney movies (1951, 2010) rather than the book. She created two videos for the song, one comparatively tame, the other a rather edgy take, which one of our members describes as “Murderous Teletubbies meet Alice in Pinkland.” At this writing, it’s had 62 million views.
From August 23, 2019 to May 28, 2020, the Finnish National Ballet (Ooppera Baletti) will stage a new edition of Alice in Wonderland, choreographed by Jorma Elo, which originally premiered in 2015 with music by Joseph Haydn, G. F. Händel, and Gottfried Stölzel. It incorporates elements of Looking-Glass as well. Scroll down to see the trailer.
British artist Margaret P. Timson crafts one-of-a-kind sculptures in polymer clay, mixed media, and selected accessories. They are around 9 to 12 inches high, the size of a Barbie doll. Here is her Etsy shop (prices are in odd dollar amounts, converted from Euros or Pounds, I’m sure).