An initiatory musical journey
For the musicians of La Forge, Alice in Wonderland prefigured the troubles of abstraction, Dadaism and the absurdist literature of Alfred Jarry. With Alice Oratorio, they show how the experience of Alice affects the unconscious in the manner of an initiatory journey. The musical composition was written for a jazz chamber ensemble, four solo opera singers and an electroacoustic component, with male characters played by an actor and two acrobats (Chinese pole and juggling), to exploit the vertical dimension of the performance space. The musicians, singers and actors are mingled, with the idea of an in situ production of the metaphoric illusion of Lewis Carroll’s language, which here is a musical and theatrical illusion.