Thrilling, audacious and totally original, Matthew Bourne's legendary production transforms one of ballet's best -loved stories into a stylish, witty, poignant, contemporary tale with extravagant, award-winning designs by Lez Brotherston.
Perhaps best-known for replacing the traditional female corps de ballet with a menacing male ensemble, Matthew Bourne blends dance, style, humour, spectacle, character comedy and mime to create a provocative and powerful Swan Lake for our times.
Collecting over thirty international theatre awards including three Tonys, Swan Lake has been acclaimed as a landmark achievement on the international stage.
Since its 9th November 1995 world premiere at Sadler's Wells, Matthew Bourne's breathtaking and sexy version of Swan Lake has become the longest running ballet in the London's West End and on Broadway. It has enjoyed four successful tours in the UK and has continued to thrill audiences throughout the world.
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Matthew started his dance training at the comparatively late age of 22. He studied Dance Theatre and Choreography at The Laban Centre (now Trinity Laban) graduating in 1985 and spending a further year with the college’s performance company Transitions. Matthew danced professionally for 14 years creating many roles in his own work.
As Artistic Director of his first company, Adventures in Motion Pictures from 1987 until 2002 Matthew created many award-winning works for the Company including "Spitfire" (1988), "The Infernal Galop" (1989), "Town and Country" (1991), "Deadly Serious" (1992), "Nutcracker!" (1992), "Highland Fling" (1994), "Swan Lake" (1995), "Cinderella" (1997) and "The Car Man" (2000). The most iconic productions have been revived for New Adventures, which was launched by Matthew and his Co-Director Robert Noble in 2002. Ground-breaking new productions were added to the repertoire including "Play Without Words" (2002 – a co-production with the National Theatre), "Edward Scissorhands" (2005), "Dorian Gray" (2008), "Lord Of The Flies" (2011 – Director Only), "Early Adventures" (2012 – a compilation of his early work) and "Sleeping Beauty" (2012). New Adventures is now the most successful and busiest dance company in the UK and a major exporter of British dance across the world.
In 2016, New Adventures presented the World Premiere of Matthew Bourne’s latest work, "The Red Shoes", based on the classic Powell & Pressburger film with music by Bernard Herrmann.
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Choreography : Matthew Bourne
Interpretation : Richard Winsor (le Cygne/l'étranger), Dominic North (le Prince), New adventures company
Original music : Pyotr Ilyich Tachaikovsky (interprétation : The New London Orchestra direction David lloyd Jones)
Lights : Rick Fisher
Costumes : Lez Brotherston
Settings : Lez Brotherston
Production / Coproduction of the video work : RéalisationTV Ross Macgibbon, Producteurs exécutifs Fiona Morris et Todd Austin, Production Leopard films courtesy of Sky