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Meet the characters: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland©

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Ako Kondo with artists of The Australian Ballet, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland©
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The Australian Ballet is thrilled to be falling down the rabbit hole once more with Christopher Wheeldon's hit production, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland©.

This beloved fairytale comes alive under Chrisopher Wheeldon's masterful choreography making it the perfect ballet for audiences new to the art form or the most seasoned of balletomanes. A family friendly event, meet the characters behind the madcap magical tale below.

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Ako Kondo Alice's Adventures in Wonderland©
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Alice

The protagonist of the story, who falls down the rabbit hole into Wonderland. Christopher Wheeldon's Alice is older than in the original book. In the ballet she is a teenager in love with Jack, the gardener's son.

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Chengwu Guo Alice's Adventures in Wonderland©
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Jack/Knave

Jack is the gardener's son, he is in love with Alice, but is sent away after being accused of stealing a jam tart, when in fact it was Alice that gave it to him. When they enter Wonderland, Jack becomes the Knave who must battle with the Queen of Hearts.

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Adam Bull Alice's Adventures in Wonderland©
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White Rabbit

The White Rabbit is the Queen's assistant, he is terrified of his villainous employer and accidentally leads Alice down the rabbit hole into Wonderland. He is also portrayed by the same dancer who plays Lewis Carroll.

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George-Murray Nightingale Alice's Adventures in Wonderland©
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Mad Hatter

The tap-dancing Mad Hatter lives in perpetual tea-time, trapped in a never-ending tea-party by the Queen of Hearts. He talks in riddles and frustrates Alice with his nonsensical whimsy until fed up, she leaves the party and continues on through Wonderland.

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Valerie Tereshchenko Alice's Adventures in Wonderland©
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Queen of Hearts

Every fairytale needs a villain, and the Queen of Hearts is one of the best. This bad-tempered monarch is quick to hand down death sentences for the most minor of offences, and her creator, Lewis Carrol, described her as "a blind fury".

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Artists of The Australian Ballet Alice's Adventures in Wonderland©
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Cheshire Cat

A perpetually grinning cat who appears and disappears at will. Operated by eight dancers, The Australian Ballet's scenic artist, Kat Chan says of the smiling feline:

" The trickiest part of this prop was surprisingly the painted teeth, which could have looked too ‘vampiric’ or ‘fangy’. It ended up being tweaked backstage by associate set designer Jaimie Todd, who made it a friendlier cat.’

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Jake Mangakahia Alice's Adventures in Wonderland©
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Caterpillar

This exquisite Caterpillar consists of eight dancers on top of 16 Swarovski covered pointe shoes to give the caterpillar its delicate and dazzling appearance. When Alice meets Wonderland's Caterpillar, he offers her a mushroom which allows her to shrink and grow.

Tickets for Christopher Wheeldon's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland© are on sale from Tuesday 22 August. Don't be late for this very important date!

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland©