No wonder Alice says she can believe “as many as six impossible things before breakfast”. The iconic story has become synonymous with altered states of mind from psychosis to drug-taking and has enjoyed many wonderful interpretations from Disney’s 1951 interpretation to Tim Burton’s film with Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter.
Now audiences in Honiton and Littlehempston are to be treated to an interpretation like nothing they’ve seen before. Oslo-based dance company, Panta Rei Danseteater will retell the story through music and dance in their fast-paced, colourful and accessible show, “Behind the Mirror”.
The Beehive Honiton (7pm 14th November) and Littlehempston Community Space (8pm 20th November) will be transformed into the other side of the white rabbit’s hole, with a giant-sized mirror, red and white rose petals, giant chess pieces and dancers in crimson top and tails.
The piece is suitable for children and “young at heart adults” and – be warned – there will be unexpected encounters between the Wonderland characters and the audience. This show is a must-not-miss for any fans of dance performance as Panta Rei are one of the foremost international touring dance companies.
“Behind the Mirror” is brought to Devon by Villages in Action. The charity is our county’s rural touring scheme, and raises funds to curate world-class acts for Devon village halls. This is Panta Rei’s third trip to the South West from Norway, such is the enthusiasm with which villages have received them. Panta Rei means “everything flows” in ancient Greek. It follows a saying of Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher, "No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man." The company chose the name because every night their performance brings something different. Wendy Van Der Plank, who curates for Honiton’s Beehive Centre, describes Panta Rei as “stunning”.
Before vanishing, the Cheshire cat tells Alice, “We’re all mad here.” This is definitely one show you’d be mad to miss.
To buy tickets for Panta Rei 7pm on 14th November at The Beehive, Honiton, call 01404 384 050. For Panta Rei at Littlehempston at 8pm on 20th November call 01803 865 458. To find out what’s on through Villages in Action, and to support ongoing events, visit www.villagesinaction.co.uk
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