“Alice (in Wonderland)” makes its Ballet Austin premiere in time for Mother’s Day. Contributed by Media4artists/Theo Kossenas

This Mother’s Day weekend, Ballet Austin premieres the colorful, kooky, kid-friendly “Alice (in Wonderland),” choreographed by former Ballet Austin dancer and University of Texas alumnus Septime Webre.

The ballet, which Webre created while artistic director of the Washington Ballet, will be performed at the Long Center by both Ballet Austin’s professionals and more than 40 student performers from the Ballet Austin Academy.




Webre enjoyed bringing all those weird Lewis Carroll characters to life.

“I’ve always found the story compelling — this little girl’s finding herself by encountering so many outrageous characters. It’s so trippy, and the characters so outsized and exaggerated. But Alice describes them in a kind of droll way. I’ve had a marvelous time with the physicality of the characters.”


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Such colorful characters deserve colorful costumes. Webre has worked with costumer designer Liz Vandal for nearly 20 years.

“She’s brilliant, and the costumes she designed are astonishing,” he said. “They accomplish so much storytelling but are also chic, surprising and so very wearable. She makes the dancers look so damn sexy.”


When: 8 p.m. May 12-13, 2 p.m. May 13 and 3 p.m. May 14
Where: The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive
Cost: $21.30-$89
Information: balletaustin.org