Orlando Ballet wunderkind Arcadian Broad closes out his tenure at the company with 'Wonderland'

click to enlarge Orlando Ballet wunderkind Arcadian Broad closes out his tenure at the company with 'Wonderland'
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Arcadian Broad, the 22-year-old Orlando Ballet wunderkind, not only choreographed the 70-minute, three-act Wonderland, which finds Lewis Carroll’s perverse Mad Hatter exiled to the London of the 1920s; he also composed some of the music and dances the starring top-hatted role. Local writer-composer Christopher Belt calls Broad’s score “equal parts Sergei Prokofiev and Danny Elfman, with buoyant, off-kilter motifs”; the frenetic choreography features angular twists and hops evoking the dances of the Jazz Age, and Broad’s signature explosive leaps with eccentrically precise, stop-on-a-dime landings. And as if this event needed any extra buzz, there’s a whiff of is-it-a-scandal-or-not? surrounding the recent abrupt announcement that Broad’s contract would not be renewed. In December 2017, Broad was named the first recipient of the company’s newly established Artist in Residence program; just over a year later, and just over a month before this performance, he’s out altogether. Curiouser and curiouser!

7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 26-28 | Walt Disney Theater, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave. | 844-513-2014  | drphillipscenter.org | $19-$490

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Jessica Bryce Young

Jessica Bryce Young has been working with Orlando Weekly since 2003, serving as copy editor, dining editor and arts editor before becoming editor in chief in 2016.
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