Matthew Bourne's "The Sleeping Beauty"
Posted 04 December 2012 - 11:35 AM
previews the new production at Sadlers Wells Theatre, London.
Posted 04 December 2012 - 12:06 PM
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Posted 04 December 2012 - 09:27 PM
For all that he makes some significant changes in foundational works, he has a great understanding of how they work theatrically. From Crompton's preview:
"His favourite version of The Sleeping Beauty, one he saw in his youth in the 1980s and has since watched over and over again on video, is the Royal Ballet production by Ninette de Valois, with additional choreography by Frederick Ashton. 'My goodness, it is good and clear and fast and dramatic,’ he says. 'It makes sense. It is quite different from how it is done now.’"
Posted 05 December 2012 - 09:13 AM
Sorry! I forgot about the link! I just read it and had a fit of laughing when I got to the part where the puppet (baby Aurora) was dubbed "The Exorcist Baby".....I might have to see THAT to believe it!
Although I normally like traditional, I do enjoy certain crazy productions. The Copenhagen Ring is one of my favorite Ring productions and it is wild!
So I might give this Sleeping Beauty a try if it comes out on dvd! Still laughing at the Exorcist Baby!
Posted 05 December 2012 - 09:56 AM
That was a great comment. I love hearing what performers actually call the props they use -- I remember a description of someone setting a new production of Jerome Robbins' Dybbuk, and the stager called the shawl the heroine was wearing the schmata.
I can only imagine what all those Nutcrackers we're seeing now are actually called backstage...
Posted 05 December 2012 - 04:04 PM
Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:12 PM
The Telegraph article, and especially the photos, look very promising to me. Bourne has great visual imagination, and I found his Swan Lake to be quite respectful of the spirit of the piece. The question I have is whether his choreographic imagination is equal to the scope of the Sleeping Beauty score and story.
I no longer live in NYC, but if I did, I would order my tickets as soon as they went on sale.
Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:50 PM
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Posted 21 December 2012 - 06:15 PM
In her opening, she writes, "Having ...set ‘The Nutcracker’ in the grimmest of orphanages," I saw Bourne's "Nutcracker" at Sadlers Wells about a decade ago, and I'm not sure that the Land of the Sweets wasn't equally as frightening as the orphanage.
Posted 24 December 2012 - 09:56 AM
Matthew Bourne is not a classical choreographer but he certainly gives nods to Petipa in this production in the Fairy dances in the prologue. His main strength for me is his ability to put on a production that is visually stunning and thought provoking. This production is no different - the set and costumes (by long-time collaborator Lez Brotherston) are utterly fabulous. As the linked preview says his Aurora is a wild child who has a Lady Chatterly moment with the gardener, her true love (or is he??). I love the way the gardener is given a way of staying around for when Aurora wakes up in 100 years.
IMHO, it's definitely worth a view!
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