Ballet Fleming Presents Alice In Wonderland
Saturday evening we had the pleasure to spend the evening at Ballet Fleming’s presentation of Alice In Wonderland. This was our second performance by Ballet Fleming that we attended and like Eger Allen Poe this piece did not disappoint.
The location for this performance was the Scottish Rite Theater in Collingswood NJ. What a great theater to enjoy a ballet performance. The theater had an old rustic feel to it from the days before we made theaters cold and modern in the US.
Before I get to the performance let me talk about how nice it is to support smaller companies still working to get their name out there. Before the ballet started I took notice to Mr. Fleming checking to make sure everyone in the audience had a great view of the stage. You will never get that type of interaction when attending a piece at a larger theater with a huge company. That great experience aside my hope is that Ballet Fleming will eventually be one of the larger companies, as the pieces deserve to have a bigger following.
Recently it seems every retelling of Alice In Wonderland has found a need to go dark with the piece. This was not one of those. Very bright colors and family friendly theme played through-out this piece.
Mr. Fleming made great use of local children to fill the younger performing roles. The children where well placed and performed well in the garden act. The costuming on the younger performers matched the time period the original piece was written in, bright cheerful and well crafted. Gina-Marie Battista did a fantastic job on the costumes.
Adriana de Svastich did not disappoint as Alice. Wonderful ballet technic served to compliment her acting. With the part of Alice a performer cannot just get by with being a great dancer. There is just too much to the story that includes acting rather then dancing. Mr. Fleming did a great job in the casting of Miss de Svastich for the part.
Shannon McCormick as the white rabbit, Nick Peregrino as the caterpillar and Dillon Anthony as the King of Flowers all turned in excellent performances. Many others danced wonderfully throughout the whole performance.
For me two performers really stood out in there performances.
Gina-Marie Battista did a great job in her performance as the Queen of Hearts. Just like Alice this part is not something that could have been done without great acting to go along with the dance. But her performance as the Queen of Flowers was truly magical. Her performance made the Magical Garden scene go way to quick. When the scene was over you were left with a great feeling of how talented she truly is.
The other performance that really stood out was the Cheshire Cat performed by Tyler Savoie. Starting in the crowd and dancing to the stage was a nice touch. The choreography of the dance and the performance made the whole scene. Just like the dance of the flower queen this scene felt short because of the incredible performance.
This piece will be performed three more times next weekend on May 18th and 19th. I highly recommend you check this wonderful show out. It will not disappoint. Visit http://www.balletfleming.org for more info.