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Sat, Apr 01


Epsilon Spires

ALICE w/ Live Soundtrack by The Empyreans

When Alice follows the White Rabbit into the surreal reality of Wonderland, so begins our journey into the dark recesses of the imagination... Czech visonary Jan Švankmajer reinvents the Lewis Carroll classic in this visually fantastic fever-dream of live action, puppets, and stop-motion animation.

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ALICE w/ Live Soundtrack by The Empyreans
ALICE w/ Live Soundtrack by The Empyreans

Time & Location

Apr 01, 2023, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, USA

About the event

ALICE (Něco z Alenky, 1988). 

A visually fantastic combination of live-action, claymation, puppet theatre, and stop-motion animation, Czech animator Jan Svankmajer's masterpiece is a strikingly original interpretation of Lewis Carroll's classic "The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland (1865). When Alice follows the White Rabbit into the surreal, dream-logic reality of Wonderland, so begins our expedition into the psychological landscape of childhood, a journey of the imagination both whimsical and dark.

The Empyreans are an improvisational ambient collective featuring rotating musicians from various locations. The concept was created by multi instrumentalist/composer Craig Douglas (Neonach, Circus Of Dead Squirrels, Obliquity). The intention was to gather like minded enthusiasts of spacious and minimal ambient music for a one time collective performance in sound and time. All performances are entirely spontaneous, meditative and in the moment. They are meant to be a gift, tossed into the universe for one time only experience. 

"Alice thought to herself 'Now you will see a film... made for children... perhaps...' 

"It can be scary and macabre for young children, but underneath the frightening, trauma-inducing imagery, contains a mesmerizing spell able to pull you inside a universe where you’ll face your greatest fears to reshape yourself as someone ready to take charge."-Medium

Critical Acclaim:

"Svankmajer's film explores Alice in Wonderland's dark undercurrents: it unearths the fears that animate dreams and nightmares." -New York Times

"Characterized by its deadpan tone and its innovative use of stop-motion animation to convey a child’s unconscious mind, the film is a terrific downward trip to a how a child conceives a dream (or a nightmare) through the objects and creatures they create in their subconscious." -Medium

An extraordinary piece of work: brilliantly inventive… a piercing , original vision." -Terrence Rafferty, The New Yorker

"Disney + Bunuel = Svankmajer's Alice." -Milos Forman

"A surrealist dream universe as created by one of the few true masters of contemporary animation. " -Film Comment


  • ALICE w/ Live Soundtrack

    Admission for one to ALICE w/ Live Soundtrack by The Empyreans- popcorn and refreshments will be provided! Please choose your seating with respect for others and let us know if you require special arrangements. $2 from every ticket goes directly towards the historic preservation of the venue. Thank you for your support! Enjoy the program!

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  • Sliding Scale Ticket

    Tickets for this event are $15. Thanks to a generous grant from the Ben and Jerry’s Foundation, subsidized sliding-scale tickets are available for those who self-identify as experiencing financial hardship. In order to make this program accessible for all, we are offering tickets by sliding scale. Taking equity and inclusion into account, please pay what you can to help support the artists and venue.

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    I would like to add a donation to my ticket to express my support and appreciation of the adventurous and intellectually-engaging programs at Epsilon Spires. Thank you & keep up the good work!

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