Alice in process…

Instead of the question “Who is Alice?” there are now paths leading to what Alice might come to be…

28 Feb 2015

Who are you?

Colin Batty

'I can't explain myself, I'm afraid, sir' said Alice, 'because I'm not myself, you see.' 

'I don't see,' said the Caterpillar. 

'I'm afraid I can't put it more clearly,' Alice replied very politely, 'for I can't understand it myself to begin with; and being so many different sizes in a day is very confusing.' 

'It isn't,' said the Caterpillar. 

'Well, perhaps you haven't found it so yet,' said Alice; 'but when you have to turn into a chrysalis--you will some day, you know—and then after that into a butterfly, I should think you'll feel it a little queer, won't you?'

Alice in Wonderland (1865) by Lewis Carroll. 
Chapter 5: Advice from a Caterpillar.

27 Feb 2015

Believe in the impossible

Fragment of the text "Five things Alice in Wonderland reveals about the brain"
by David Robson found at FUTURE

"Lewis Carroll’s popular tales contain some hidden truths about the human brain that are still inspiring neuroscientists to this day. David Robson takes a leap down the rabbit hole"

Nicole Claveloux. 

“There's no use trying,” Alice said: “one CAN'T believe impossible things.” “I daresay you haven't had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” 

Continuing her exploration of human imagination, the Queen extolls the virtues of thinking about the impossible. The passage speaks to Gopnik, who first read Alice when she was three years old and now spends her career studying how we build our imaginations. 

 She has found, for instance, that children who play pretend and practice “believing the impossible” tend to develop more advanced cognition. They are better at understanding hypothetical thinking, for instance, and they tend to develop a more advanced “theory of mind”, giving them more astute understanding of other people’s motives and intentions. “A lot of what they do in pretend play is take a hypothesis and follow it out to the logical conclusion,” says Gopnik. “What’s interesting is that Carroll was also a magician and you can see that same ability to take a premise and to take it out to a crazy conclusion.” 

 Alice’s adventures are full of surreal encounters that could help anyone exercise these skills. Travis Proulx at Tilburg University in the Netherlands has examined the way that surreal and absurdist literature, like Carroll’s, influences our cognition. He has found that by violating our expectations in a strange, alien world, fantastical stories pushes our brains to be more flexible, making us more creative, and quicker to learn new ideas. So if you are in a rut and feel like stretching your mind, you may find no better solution than an evening with Alice. “I have no doubt it stimulates these mental states that enhance learning and motivate us to make new connections,” says Proulx. 

 Gopnik points out that some hallucinogenic drugs may also help you to get to the childlike state of free-association, but reading is surely the safer way to turn back the clock and see the world from a new perspective. As Carroll writes: “So many out-of-the-way things had happened lately, that Alice had begun to think that very few things indeed were really impossible.” Her readers would surely agree."

Alice and Shapeshifting

Fragment of the text "Five things Alice in Wonderland reveals about the brain"
by David Robson found at FUTURE

Salvador Dali, 1969.


"Wonderland is full of shapeshifting characters, including the grotesque Duchess and her crying baby. As Alice holds it in her hands, the baby’s nose becomes more upturned; its eyes grow closer together, and it starts grunting. Before she knows it, the baby has turned into a pig. Elsewhere, Alice plays croquet with flamingos as clubs, and meets the smiling Cheshire cat, whose grin remains even as his body disappears. Dreams often contain objects morphing into new identities, and this characteristic is one of the cleverest ways that Alice’s adventures evoke the sleeping mind – along with her strange sense that time is playing tricks on her. Neuroscientists think that the phenomenon arises from the way the sleeping brain consolidates memories; as it cements the recollections, it draws links between different events to build the bigger story of our lives. When cross-referencing a memory about a pig with an event about a baby, for instance, both become merged in the dreamscape to surreal effect."

21 Feb 2015

Alice’s Adventures Underground Presented by Les Enfants Terribles: A-MAZE-ING!

An adaptation by Oliver Lansley and Anthony Spargo creating an ambitious theatrical experience on a grand scale, in the Vaunts at Waterloo, London.

Location: The Vaults, Waterloo, London, UK Click Here for Website Les Enfants Terribles to create Alice’s Wonderland under the streets of London.

Schedule for The Wonderland Sessions: Monday nights on the following dates: 20 April; 27 April; 04 May; 11 May; 18 May and 25 May.

"To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s classic novel, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, critically-acclaimed theatre company Les Enfants Terribles (The Vaudevillains; The Trench) will bring Wonderland to the capital with Alice’s Adventures Underground, in an adaptation by Oliver Lansley and Anthony Spargo. Producer Emma Brünjes (Meow Meow: Wonderground; Secret Cinema: Miller’s Crossing) joins the team to bring this ambitious theatrical experience to life on a grand scale. Leading agency Creature of London are also on board as creative collaborators. 

Open for a limited season from early April 2015 and staged in the atmospheric Vaults underneath Waterloo station, Alice’s Adventures Underground will create Wonderland as a fully formed world that blends storytelling, live music, puppetry, circus and spectacle. Invited down the rabbit hole in intimate groups of 52 (based on a deck of cards), each audience member will be presented with a choice of EAT ME or DRINK ME, which will affect the way their show will unfold."

"Oliver Lansley, Founder and Artistic Director of Les Enfants Terribles, says: “What stands out to me when reading Alice is the desire to experience Wonderland for yourself – this is what our show offers. This Wonderland will deliver a truly otherworldly adventure that is unique to every audience member, combining complete sensory immersion with the visual storytelling and stage-craft that remain at the heart of Les Enfants Terribles.”

"Producer Emma Brünjes says: “Les Enfants Terribles are the perfect company to bring Wonderland to life. We are inspired by the current trends in immersive theatre, but want to take this opportunity to explore new ways to blend immersion with storytelling. Fusing a strong narrative with a rich, detailed world will ensure our audience truly experience Alice’s journey for themselves.”

Found at Facebook  a glimpse at Samuel Wyer - Theatre Maker and Les Enfants Terribles' incredibly exciting plans. 

18 Feb 2015

Alice traveled in four schools in the Brazillian Carnival 2015

Escola de Samba GRANDE RIO
Carnaval 2015

"A Grande Rio é do baralho" 

O enredo da Escola de Samba é baseado nas cartas de Baralho que se embaralham num jogo lúdico e cheio de surpresas no qual Alice, a Rainha de Copas, o Coelho e o Chapeleiro criam surpresas na comissão de frente. Percebe-se no desfile o quanto se misturam no imaginário de hoje as Alices do filme de Tim Burton e do desenho animado clássico de Walt Disney recriados em alegorias. Vale a pena ver o Video para entender a curiosíssima dinâmica que eles criaram para a comissão de frente.
Nas seguintes escolas vemos também quanto essas referências podem alimentar ou conter e limitar a imaginação criadora.

Marcelo de Jesus / UOL

Marcelo de Jesus / UOL

Marco Antônio Teixeira / UOL

 Gilvan de Souza / UOL

Marco Antônio Teixeira / UOL

AP foto: Felipe Dana

Marco Antônio Teixeira / UOL

Marco Antônio Teixeira / UOL

"A Grande Rio é do baralho" 

           "Para muitos o Carnaval é um jogo. Já que é assim, a Grande Rio entra na partida e, para começar, dá as cartas. Atiçando nossa imaginação, no seio da criatividade, reaviva o simbolismo dos tempos remotos, e, ao poder econômico, dá o Ouros. Ao poder militar, Espadas. Copas para o poder religioso. Paus ao poder político, que no povo encontra seu alicerce. 

           A seguir, saca a figura de um Rei. Em seguida, a de uma Dama. Completando, um Valete. Diz, de antemão, que um Coringa pode trazer sorte, mas o Ás – que é trunfo – guarda pra si, como quem esconde "uma carta na manga". 
           Através das cartas ela encontra seu destino. Carta que é "jogo", e também revela os mistérios da adivinhação. Os arcanos maiores do tarô de Marselha previram, mas foram os lábios rubros da cigana que confirmaram: uma "chave" ilustrada na mesa indica que as portas estão abertas. A carta 31 do oráculo cigano reafirmou: o "sol" vai brilhar. É ele quem traz o anúncio de que bons ventos virão com as cinzas da quarta-feira. 
            Os astros se alinham e as estrelas iluminam nossos caminhos. Da mesma forma que nove são as cartas numeradas, nove são os planetas do sistema solar. Assim como quatro são os naipes, quatro são os elementos estabelecidos pela Astrologia – o fogo, a terra, a água e o ar – que, por sua vez, dividem os doze signos zodiacais. 
           Há quem guarde um coringa... quem trate a disputa com a malícia de um poker, a inteligência de uma partida de sueca ou como os velhos malandros, bons no carteado. Previ, sonhei e imaginei. A Grande Rio despista os jogadores e dá sua cartada na Avenida. A sorte está lançada! Façam suas apostas!"

 Leandro Vieira e Roberto Vilaronga

Carnavalesco Fábio Ricardo

"Três escolas de samba de São Paulo tiveram a mesma ideia e convocaram a personagem Alice, do clássico conto de fadas de Lewis Carroll, para desfilar no sambódromo do Anhembi. A lourinha do País das Maravilhas apareceu com destaque nas apresentações da Rosas de Ouro, na sexta-feira (13), da Gaviões da Fiel (Vai ser do Baralho) e da Império de Casa Verde, no sábado (14). Outros personagens da história, como a Rainha de Copas e o Chapeleiro Maluco também passaram pela passarela do samba paulistano."

Escola de Samba ROSAS DE OURO


Depois da tempestade, o Encanto". (Contos de Fadas)

Caio Kenji / G1

 Caio Kenji / G1

Caio Kenji / G1

Escola de Samba GAVIÕES DA FIEL

Carnaval 2015

"Nas artes, a literatura 
Na forma mais pura de inspiração
 ''Maravilha'' estar em cena "
reinou" no cinema, herói ou vilão?"



Carnaval 2015

Em seu enredo a escola se inspirou no mundo dos sonhos, desde os sonhos infantis até os sonhos de liberdade dos povos africanos, passando por Salvador Dali, Walt Disney, Bob Marley e Martin Luther King. Alice no País das Maravilhas estava presente, assim como outros personagens de estórias e contos de fadas como Branca de Neve e Peter Pan. Monteiro Lobato também foi homenageado com alas de Viscondes e Emílias.

Caio Kenji / G1

Nilton Fukuda / Estadão