Wonderland investigates pack mentality as an inherent and potentially dangerous element of human instinct. Chinese-born artist Cai Guo-Qiang’s installation Head On, which depicts 99 wolves charging into a glass wall, deeply inspired the creation of the work. Four archetypal characters – the fool, death, the lovers and Cassandra – evolve in a universe influenced by the imagery of the American atomic age. Behind the smiles of an Esther Williams dream world, Wonderland reveals psychological and physical episodes of a herd acting as a unit through the uncoordinated behavior of self-serving individuals. Although pack mentality is a natural and ongoing strategy in the animal kingdom, among humans it can indicate a vicious, desensitized brutality and disregard for humanity – a concept that is at the core of Wonderland.
“Gutsy. Wild. Smart. Original. Andrea Miller has her own unmistakable voice.”
Gallim Dance’s tour of Wonderland to Ludwigshafen, Germany is supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew Mellon Foundation.
The premiere of Wonderland at The Joyce Theater was made possible in part with public funds from Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Gallim Dance was also selected as a Princess Grace Awardee for 2010.
The new work was commissioned in part through a Creative Development Residency at Jacob’s Pillow, with support from the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award Initiative. Skidmore College was a partner in the creation of the new work and additional support was provided by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Choreographic Sponsorship Program.
Running Time: 60 minutes , no intermission
Premiere: 2010, The Joyce Theater (Reworked in 2011)
Choreography: Andrea Miller
Lighting Design: Vincent Vigilante
Original Costume Design: Jose Solis
Set Design: Jon Bausor
Sound Designers: Jakub Kiupinski & Cristina Spinei of Blind Ear Music
Music: Orchestra Barzizza, Chopin, Black Dice, Tim Hecker, Michel Bokanowski, Joanna Newsom, Sebastien Agneessens and Kyle Fische Remix courtesy of the Alan Lomax Foundation