The Alice-in-Wonderland Follies by Elizabeth Zimmer, June 2001
June 12, 2001
The Village Voice
By Elizabeth Zimmer
Choreographer Keith Michael calls The Alice-in-Wonderland Follies a ballet vaudeville and sets it in New York’s Palace Theater circa 1915, 50 years after the publication of Lewis Carroll’s Victorian masterwork. His musical choices range from 19th-century favorites by Robert Schumann to rags and pop songs of the pre-World War I era. These give
the hour-long enterprise – pitched at children but with enough visual wit and beautifully executed dancing
to hold the most finicky ballet fan – a richness and intimacy rare on local stages, even the biggest ones.