Alice - musical theater after Lewis Carroll
Do you have an inner child, and if so, isn't it sometimes terribly bored? In this case "Alice in Wonderland" would be recommended as a reading or just as a visit to the theater. Lewis Carroll's classic of upscale nonsense literature, published in 1865, takes the rule-ridden Victorian world and makes it meet the exuberant imagination of a young girl: Alice, who is bored in the company of adults until one day a white rabbit crosses her path. Intrigued, she takes up the pursuit of the nervous little animal, which looks incessantly at the clock and, amazingly, can even talk. Down the rabbit hole Alice plunges to the center of the earth, where an exciting and unknown wonderland opens up to her. Here, nothing is as it seems! Fantastic, sometimes dangerous characters such as the Cheshire Cat, the talking egg Humpty Dumpty, the Hatter, the March Hare and the Queen of Hearts with her battle cry "Off with her head!" meet the girl. Realities shift, small becomes big, big becomes small. Words lose their meaning, rules are twisted. Experience, education and common sense are reduced to absurdity. Carroll plays his language games and logic puzzles so excessively that out of nonsense a reality is born that functions according to its own laws, which in part is diametrically opposed to ours. Steadfast and curious, Alice tries to find her way in this strange world, which could also be a dream world. And for the first time in her life, she must ask herself: who am I, and if so, how do I get out of it?
Lewis Carroll's passion for little girls, with whom he maintained close relationships, whom he photographed and with whom he corresponded throughout his life, was not always viewed uncritically. And so "Alice" also tells of the escape into a dream world that overcomes the barriers of reality and at the same time seems so threatening that one ruefully wishes for reality to return. At the Düsseldorf Schauspielhaus, André Kaczmarczyk will stage this special material as a musical-poetic trip - from the Victorian nursery to the world of fantasy. After "Heart of Gold," "Boys don't cry ..." and "I build my time," this is the fourth musical work by the versatile artist, who as a member of the ensemble can also be seen on stage in numerous roles, including Fabian, Coriolan and Henry VI. Musical direction is provided by Matt's Johan Leenders, whose compositions and arrangements take well-known folk and children's songs and turn them into their opposite in the best Carroll manner.