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CLIP 12421

Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Ballet

Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon on  Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Ballet
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Key Info
  • Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Ballet
  • Duration: 04:33
  • An insight into Christopher Wheeldon's background and journey from dancer to choreographer. We hear why he chose the story of Alice In Wonderland, for his full length story ballet and also why he wanted to work with composer Joby Talbot and designer Bob Crowley. He elaborates on Talbot's ability to create texture and fantasy in his music which gave Wheeldon the confidence to aspire to such a production. Similarly he comments on the importance of Crowley's experience, vision and imagination. Wheeldon describes aspects of his working process such as developing new material from the catalogue of steps which is classical ballet. He describes the challenge of creating a full length work and the need to reflect and evaluate on the work in progress.
  • Subject:

    Physical Education

       Topic:

    Dance Activities

  • Keywords: narrative, communication, queen, rabbit, knave, liason, choreography, movement, plot points, creative, score, set design, Alice'sAdventuresInWonderland
Ideas for use in class
  • For BTEC units which are based on working in the Performing Arts Industry and professional development in the industry. To support units based on exploring musical composition. To supplement and support Dance and Expressive Arts 14-16 if exploring job roles, collaborations and approaches to choreography. For use in more general project work at 11-14.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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