ALI<E, nerve’s recreation of Lewis Carroll’s classic stories, considers life as a landscape of pleasure and shadows, a game of chess and the turn of a card, the scent of ancient moss, the bright taste of sugar.
The White Rabbit’s energy, the Caterpillar’s questions, the Cheshire Cat’s meow, offer various kinds of direction to the seeker who looks to find a way. The Hatter and Hare pour the tea, pour the tea, pour the tea, because ritual is one way we try to make sense of time; the Tweedle’s melancholy search for perfect love is another. The Pale King and his deadly Red Queen remind us that chaos is everywhere, and that every game must have its end. And the Carpenter, who created this world (as well as myriad others), knows that that creative energy is always available, is always working on the side of growth.
Life is a mystery, even when you know where you’re going.
We are born, all of us, through the rabbit hole, and we leave through the looking-glass. In between, there’s Wonderland.
[All photos: Rick Lieder, including Laura Bailey as W. Rabbit.]