Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland gets sketchier and sketchier Playing cards are not typically characters in a ballet. They are not graceful or beautiful objects, and personifying them seems strangely unlikely. That is, of course, unless you’re Bob Crowley, the costume and set designer for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the first entirely new, full-length production England’s Royal Ballet has commissioned in almost 20 years.
Crowley says he spent several years thinking about the production and a year and a half earnestly working on it. Nearly 300 costumes and one very successful run later, the Irishman says he is immensely pleased with his work, which will be on stage for the Canadian production of the ballet, opening at the National Ballet of Canada in Toronto next week.