Prairie Scene

The largest gathering of Manitoba and Saskatchewan artists ever presented outside the Prairies!

April 26 to May 8, 2011

Royal Winnipeg Ballet


April 28 - 30, 2011, 8pm

National Arts Centre - Southam Hall

53 Elgin Street, Ottawa

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Choreography Shawn Hounsell
Orchestral Arrangements John Estacio, Brian Current
Costume Design Anne Armit
Set Design Guillaume Lord
Lighting Design Hugh Conacher
Soundscape Design Nicolas Bernier
Video Projection Design Jimmy Lakatos & Mathieu St-Arnaud, TURBINE
Featuring the National Arts Centre Orchestra

WONDERLAND is a contemporary and mature re-envisioning of the tale’s characters, events, and themes that will surprise and delight audiences. The Queen of Hearts, the White Rabbit, and the Mad Hatter are all on hand, displaying generous doses of wit, camp and humour. The surreal and dark elements that lurk at the original story’s fringes are bravely realized in explosive passages of breathtaking dance and innovative multimedia. Shawn Hounsell, acclaimed choreographer and RWB alumnus, has transformed Wonderland into a multi-sensory experience, with edgy and athletic movement, an inventive electro-acoustic soundscape, and unexpected visual treats. This is Alice like you’ve never seen her before!

Founded in 1939, Royal Winnipeg Ballet has the distinction of being the longest continuously operating professional ballet company in North America.  In the 70-plus years since its birth, the company has earned an international reputation for creative and technical excellence and this newest creation in its repertoire will undoubtedly further its standing as a company of exceptional creativity and style.

We all create our own Wonderland inside our heads...I’m inviting the audience to join Alice as she invents her special fantasy world.

Shawn Hounsell, Choreographer

It’s definitely not your grandmother’s Alice in Wonderland

Tara Birtwhistle, Principal Dancer, RWB


Wonderland was co-produced with The Banff Centre. Presented by National Arts Centre Dance.