Tucson, I Wonder if My Name is Alice

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Backin' Up for a recap of "I Wonder if My Name is Alice" by Artifact Dance Company in Tucson, AZ, with collaborative murals by Joe Pagac, and Act II music by Robert McClure.

Holy Crap, these women are talented. Creative Directors Ashley Bowman and Claire Hancock knocked this spectacle show out of the park. The sets were simple, but graphic and incredibly effective. The collaboration with painter Joe Pagac to literally "paint the scene" for the audience was exciting and such a dynamic way to get the most out of the live interactive performance, I was sucked right into Wonderland as an audience member. The costumes were jaw-on-the-ground beautiful, with the movement and wearability considered to the maximum potential for beauty and believability. And, well, my husand's music kicked off the journey down the Rabbithole and it. was. awesome. This young company is going to make a major dent in the Dance World, watch for them the next few years, they're going to be doing some really cool things. Probably because they like the combination of way outside of the box creativity and don't bother to sleep. Worth it.

He painted this within a minute, and then dropped the center to reveal...

the caterpillar herself.

The Cheshire Cat, making sure Alice doesn't know which way is which.

Poor Alice, completely lost.

The White Rabbit with Ben Nisbet, Artifact's musical director.

Tea Party! They got sloshed.

The Caterpillar, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, Queen of Hearts, Alice, the White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, March Hare, and the Gryphon.


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