Previews of Matthew Bourne's new Sleeping Beauty.
Shocking die-hard ballet fans, he declared, “I don’t really buy the idea of love at first sight,” and talked about some of his ideas for the ballet. “Nothing much happens from a plot point of view after Aurora goes to sleep,” he said. “I think I’ve fixed that.” Pointing out that in most productions of “Sleeping Beauty,” the 100-year gap is barely noticeable from a costume point of view, he plans to set the opening scene of Aurora’s christening in 1890 (the year of the work’s premiere at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg).
“And for me, it felt there was not much conflict after Act I. Once she goes to sleep, not much happens. Being a storyteller, I wanted a beginning, a middle and an end, and some conflict.
“It is a very famous ballet but I looked at it from the point of view of what’s missing.”
The 51-year-old choreographer's latest project, announced yesterday, will be Tchaikovsky's 1889 ballet, debuting in a fresh guise at London's Sadler's Wells next December.
The story will jump from the 19th century to the present day, with the narrative's dashing lead portrayed as a vampire-like being with the ability to stay alive for the duration of his loved one's 100-year sleep.