Matthew Bourne"not a ballet choreographer"
Posted 27 July 2008 - 12:59 AM
I've seen the claim made on his behalf many times, mostly by critics in print who maybe should know better - but I don't recall any direct claim by him, or suggestion by his media fans (he has many!) that their attribution originated with Bourne himself.
Posted 27 July 2008 - 04:20 AM
Interviewer: So you're calling it a ballet?
Bourne: "I've given up trying to call it something else. People understand what a ballet is. It's a dance theater in the style of the other pieces I've done, but it's not strictly speaking ballet because I'm not a ballet choreographer, but I think for me, most people understand ballet as a narrative, but it's definitely not a musical."
Although, it looks like he has dropped the "Ballet" from the title for the final production.
Posted 27 July 2008 - 07:21 AM
Posted 27 July 2008 - 02:16 PM
And I have fewer objections to calling his work ballet than in the other term people are tossing around -- "dansicle."
Even though he doesn't really use the grammar and vocabulary of ballet, he makes so many references to extant works that I think it's unrealistic to look at his work without considering that tradition. I understand that there have been a few times that people didn't realize, when they bought tickets to his Swan Lake, that they were not seeing the Petipa/Ivanov work, but that is the fault of the presenter, not Bourne. I haven't had the chance to see some of his earlier works, but I do like what I've seen so far.
Re parody -- don't forget Tudor's Gala Performance!
Posted 28 July 2008 - 05:56 PM
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