Maya Angelou reads her wonderful children’s poem Life Doesn’t Frighten Me, illustrated by Basquiat.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
The Royal Ballet
This is a performance from earlier this year (2013) that incorporates Wheeldon’s revisions and the division of the work into three, instead of two, acts. Most of the cast is the same, with the exceptions of Sarah Lamb as Alice, Federico Bonelli as the Knave, and Philip Mosley as the Duchess.
There’s not much to choose between the two performances: they’re both amazing (par for the Royal Ballet course). The score is expanded somewhat and substantially modified in spots.
On a strictly personal note, though, I think the 2011 performance on DVD still has the edge (albeit a small one) for a couple of reasons: Lauren Cuthbertson’s Alice is the Alice. Sarah Lamb is impressive and a versatile dancer, but Cuthbertson had a greater sense of theatricality, of the role as a real person. And while Philip Mosley is much more fleet-footed, Simon Russell Beale’s less flexible but more menacing Duchess captures more of the spirit of the book’s (and ballet’s) rather grotesque and monstrous caricature.
The orchestral playing on the 2011 recording is also a bit edgier—and rather more exciting. Tempi in 2013 are a little slower, which was probably the point—since dividing the ballet into three acts was a move to give it better pacing.
All strictly IMHO. The Royal Ballet never disappoint, and I’m really, really happy to see this work show some staying power. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is one of my favorite books and has really found its soulmate in this ballet.
OMG, thank you for sharing this! I’m so excited to watch. So far, I’m seeing so many different angles and I love it
Hope you enjoy it! Be sure and give the earlier performance a watch, too (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKR0OCzwrCQ). Simon Russell Beale’s Duchess is absolutely priceless!
If grandmothers around the world had a rallying cry, it would probably sound something like “You need to eat!”
Photographer Gabriele Galimberti’s grandmother said something similar to him before one of his many globetrotting work trips. To ensure he had at least one good meal, she prepared for him a dish of ravioli before he departed on one of his adventures.
“In that occasion I said to my grandma ‘You know, Grandma, there are many other grandmas around the world and most of them are really good cooks,” Galimberti wrote via email. “I’m going to meet them and ask them to cook for me so I can show you that you don’t have to be worried for me and the food that I will eat!’ This is the way my project was born!”
The project, “Delicatessen With Love”, took Galimberti to 58 countries where he photographed grandmothers with both the ingredients and finished signature dishes.
Galimberti said many of the subjects for the project were selected serendipitously, picked while he was working on a project about couch surfing that explored the global phenomenon of staying in other people’s houses. Since Galimberti never slept in hotels while working on the project, he was able to come into contact with people who introduced him to grandmothers in the area.
Galimberti acted as photographer and stylist during each shoot with the grandmothers, taking a portrait of both the women and the food they made for him.
From top to bottom:
Inara Runtule, 68, Kekava, Latvia. Silke (herring with potatoes and cottage cheese).
Grace Estibero, 82, Mumbai, India. Chicken vindaloo.
Susann Soresen, 81, Homer, Alaska. Moose steak.
Serette Charles, 63, Saint-Jean du Sud, Haiti. Lambi in creole sauce.
The photographer’s grandmother Marisa Batini, 80, Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy. Swiss chard and ricotta Ravioli with meat sauce.
Normita Sambu Arap, 65, Oltepessi (Masaai Mara), Kenya. Mboga and orgali (white corn polenta with vegetables and goat).
Julia Enaigua, 71, La Paz, Bolivia. Queso Humacha (vegetables and fresh cheese soup).
Fifi Makhmer, 62, Cairo, Egypt. Kuoshry (pasta, rice and legumes pie).
Isolina Perez De Vargas, 83, Mendoza, Argentina. Asado criollo (mixed meats barbecue).
Bisrat Melake, 60, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Enjera with curry and vegetables.