Alice follows the White Rabbit down the rabbit hole, falling into a fantasy land full of wonder and mystery. Her familiar adventure takes an unexpected turn in National Ballet’s latest production, Alice in Bollywood, which is set to delight Harare’s audiences with a tantalising masala of dance styles and characters.
Featuring South African professional ballet dancer and provincial gymnast, Thabani Ntuli as the White Rabbit, and National Ballet’s principal ballerina, Natalie Bradbury as Alice, this rendition through dance of Lewis Carrol’s children’s classic contains all the familiar characters. The Cheshire cat, with its grin burning bright; a bizarre tea party, led by Michelle Nativel’s tapping Mad Hatter and Caroline Yule’s March Hare; the Caterpillar (Sharlinda Fernandes and others) giving cryptic advice; and one furious Queen of Hearts, played by Timikha Fisher.
Producer Bibi Eastwood brings them all together to create a magical dance experience, rich with colour and variety in collaboration with Kinkini and the Dance Trust of Zimbabwe’s Dance Foundation Course. Kinkini’s Ketan Nagar contributes Bollywood choreography to the mix for this novel production that promises great family entertainment.
Showing at Reps Theatre, 3-6 July at 7pm, with a matinee on Saturday 6 July at 2.30pm.