Sunday, March 10, 2013

Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty

Oh, to be in the UK! Some of you are so this is still a possibility: Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty. Tour dates can be found here. While I will always love The Nutcracker and it is a sentimental favorite, Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty is a favorite, too, and one of the reasons one of my favorite of the Disney fairy tales is Sleeping Beauty since they were wise to use it, too.

 From the official website:
Matthew Bourne’s SLEEPING BEAUTY sees the choreographer return to the music of Tchaikovsky to complete the trio of the composer’s ballet masterworks that started in 1992 with Nutcracker! and, most famously, in 1995, with the international hit Swan Lake. Perrault’s timeless fairy tale, about a young girl cursed to sleep for one hundred years, was turned into a legendary ballet by Tchaikovsky and choreographer, Marius Petipa, in 1890. Bourne takes this date as his starting point, setting the Christening of Aurora, the story’s heroine, in the year of the ballets first performance; the height of the Fin-de-Siecle period when fairies, vampires and decadent opulence fed the gothic imagination. As Aurora grows into a young woman, we move forwards in time to the more rigid, uptight Edwardian era; a mythical golden age of long Summer afternoons, croquet on the lawn and new dance crazes. Years later, awakening from her century long slumber, Aurora finds herself in the modern day; a world more mysterious and wonderful than any Fairy story! Matthew Bourne’s haunting new scenario is a gothic fairy tale for all ages; the traditional tale of good vs. evil and rebirth is turned upside-down, creating a supernatural love story, across the decades, that even the passage of time itself cannot hinder. Britain’s most popular dance showman works again with three of his regular collaborators, and New Adventures Associate Artists; The Tony and Olivier award winning designers, Lez Brotherston (set and costumes) and Paule Constable (Lighting) and Sound Designer, Paul Groothuis who created the acclaimed surround-sound for last years hit production of Cinderella.

Anyway, the costuming, the choreography and the music are stunning as shown in the video clip above. If the full version ever makes its way online or onto DVD, please someone share it with me. I would LOVE to see this.

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