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Herbert Baumann’s ballet “Alice in Wonderland” in Brisbane, Australia

A “Wonderland” that gives us hope and pleasure, but above all an Alice who pushes through small and larger miracles against all odds, is certainly something we could all use in these difficult times.

British writer Lewis Carroll wrote the famous tale in 1864 and presented it, furnished with his own illustrations as a Christmas gift to the child Alice Pleasance Liddell, largely considered the title character’s living model. Illustrated, adapted, and dramatized countless times it has long entered the pantheon of world literature. Composers from our publishing house - including Herbert Baumann, Johannes Harneit and Jens-Peter Ostendorf - have also been inspired by the imaginative, grotesque characters, the bizarre world in which the impossible seems possible, and the witty linguistic nonsense of the story.

Herbert Baumann, who died a year ago on 21 January 2020, created his 90-minute ballet score for “Alice in Wonderland” in 1985 commissioned by the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden. The ballet plot does not stringently follow the plot of the children’s book but weaves individual scenes and motifs from the original into a new story in which the author himself, Lewis Carroll alias Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, also appears as a character.

As part of its well-known and popular workshops, the Brisbane City Youth Ballet has now rehearsed Herbert Baumann's ballet “Alice in Wonderland” and will perform it in Brisbane from 18 to 20 January 2021. Baumann’s catchy music, as rich in tone and colour as it is witty, will be played from a CD recorded by the composer himself with the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, presenting a 45-minute abridged version of the ballet. The premiere will take place on 18 January 2021. A total of three performances have been scheduled.   

Prem. Herbert Baumann,
Ballet “Alice in Wonderland”
(3 performances of the Brisbane City Youth Ballet in the period 18-20.1.2021 to the CD). 

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