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Anthropomorphic animals, Technicolor costumes, falling down dark holes—it could be a gritty, hallucinogenic avant-garde film or a restaging of a beloved children’s story. This month, it’s the latter: Things get curiouser and curiouser as Septime Webre’s ALICE (in wonderland) returns to the Kennedy Center, drawing inspiration from Lewis Carroll’s memorable characters, illogical landscapes, and unpredictable series of events. In the wonderland of the ballet, Alice spins with childlike energy and exquisite technique through pas de deux with the pocket watch–toting White Rabbit and grinning Cheshire Cat. Then, she confronts the Queen of Hearts and her playing card and pink flamingo ballerinas; meets a woman in blue undulating through the air accompanied by a giant hookah (the languid, puffing caterpillar); and, finally, crosses a giant Jabberwocky. Webre’s wild, experimental choreography pairs masterfully with the otherworldly costumes of Liz Vandal (who previously designed for Cirque du Soleil) and a lively score by Matthew Pierce. Washington Ballet’s spin on an old favorite balances elements both outlandish and elegant to make the audience feel, as Carroll writes in the opening to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, like “the dream-child moving through a land of wonders wild and new.” The ballet runs May 6 to May 17 at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $25–$135. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org.