Now embarking on a tour across the UK, Matthew Bourne’s imaginative adaptation of ‘Swan Lake’ returns to the stage.
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Now embarking on a tour across the UK, Matthew Bourne’s imaginative adaptation of ‘Swan Lake’ returns to the stage. The production has won over thirty international theatre awards thanks to its fresh take on the Tchaikovsky classic, having premiered at Sadler’s Wells in 1995 to become the longest running ballet in the West End and Broadway.
Bourne retells the beloved ‘Swan Lake’ with essences of emotion, wit and extravagance. He famously recast the female corps-de-ballet with a fiery male ensemble, demonstrating his provocative and creative sides. The decision totally transformed the typical romanticised, ethereal, female swan and instead showcases Bourne’s depiction of swans as large, menacing and aggressive male creatures. It preserves the original score, overarching plot and themes of forbidden love, but alters and retells them to offer audiences a completely new perspective.
The production has not failed to stun audiences over the years, having been awarded across categories for ‘Best New Dance Production’, ‘Best Choreography’, ‘Best Director of a Musical’ and so on. Bourne is known for his reinterpretation and revival of traditional musicals, however Swan Lake is arguably his most thrilling and successful to date.
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