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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.





the_new_york_times_logo_white[1]“What is most memorable is the dancers’ fervor and undeviating commitment, especially in the most bizarre passages: which makes Wonderland both stirring and chilling.”

 – August 10, 2010



imgres-1“Miller is brilliant at creating a charged, variegated space and tasks that strike you in the gut.”

– August 18, 2010



imgres-2“The powerful, grounded movement shifted in mood from absurdist exercise, to vaudeville, to a cutting portrait of a rock star and a groupie.”

– August 20, 2010



dance-europe“Miller’s work is wrenching and moving and even though you might need a period of recovery afterwards, you’ll find that her works beckon for repeated viewings.”

– October 2010




“Gutsy. Wild. Smart. Original. Andrea Miller has her own unmistakable voice.”

– August 16, 2010





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

Dancers: 8

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