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Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake Associated Press Rave Review

MATTHEW BOURNE’S SWAN LAKE ASSOCIATED PRESS RAVE REVIEW

“Should not be missed. Call it theater, dance, or something perched happily in between, the return of “Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake” is a chance for those who didn’t catch it in 1998 to see what kind of life a fertile mind and some pretty cool feathered knickers can breathe into a century-old classic, exposing it to audiences who might never dream of entering an opera house.”  – Associated Press

Read the complete review: http://tinyurl.com/2c4ld5w

Produced by New York City Center, Sadler’s Wells Theater London and Back Row Productions, the groundbreaking and multi-award-winning hit production of MATTHEW BOURNE’S SWAN LAKE has returned to New York for a limited engagement through Sunday, November 7 at New York City Center (131 West 55 Street).

ASSOCIATED PRESS – October 18, 2010

Bourne’s Male Swans Are Back, and Soaring Again

Majestic, muscular and menacing, Bourne’s male swans are back in a welcome return to NY stage

By Jocelyn Noveck

In the imagery of classical dance, the swan is innocence personified. It is ethereal. It floats, it flutters, it wobbles and it dies — ever so delicately.The swan does not have rippling biceps or chest hair. It does not have 10 pack abs. It does not thunder, it does not hiss, and it never, ever, glistens with body sweat.

Unless, of course, we’re in Matthew Bourne’s world. And what a mesmerizing place that is.

More than a decade after Bourne’s eye-popping troupe of male swans first hit New York in his re-imagined “Swan Lake,” winning three Tony awards, the production returned Sunday for a nearly four-week run at City Center.

And it should not be missed. Call it theater, dance, or something perched happily in between, the return of “Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake” is a chance for those who didn’t catch it in 1998 to see what kind of life a fertile mind and some pretty cool feathered knickers can breathe into a century-old classic, exposing it to audiences who might never dream of entering an opera house.

It’s also a chance to dispel some myths about the show that may still exist even as it has become a classic in its own right, with runs in London’s West End and on Broadway, touring productions worldwide and even a reference in the final scene of the movie “Billy Elliot,” when Billy grows up to perform as — you guessed it — a Bourne swan.

This is not, for example, an all-male production of “Swan Lake,” with men in tutus winkingly taking over female roles. Women play women, and men play men.It’s also not all about being gay. Yes, the young prince falls in love with a male swan, but the themes here are much broader: It’s about a search for connection, essentially, and yearning to belong somewhere, and perhaps that universal experience of wanting what we cannot have.

All that yearning belongs to the Prince, played here with a thoroughly winning vulnerability by the boyish Dominic North (alternating in the role with Simon Williams).

Read the rest of the review: http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory?id=11904373

MATTHEW BOURNE’S SWAN LAKE stars a mix of established New Adventures performers and newcomers. The company features Richard Winsor and Jonathan Ollivier returning to the role of “The Swan” following their 2009 debuts. Dominic North and Simon Williams will share the role of “The Prince.” Original Broadway cast member Nina Goldman will perform the role of “The Queen.”  Madelaine Brennan will also appear as “The Queen” and “The Girlfriend,” a role she’ll share with Shelby Williams. “The Private Secretary” will be danced by Steve Kirkham and Ashley Bain.

Matthew Bourne blends dance, humor and spectacle with extravagant, award-winning set and costume designs by Lez Brotherston and lighting design by Rick Fisher, to create a provocative and powerful Swan Lake for our times.  Now firmly crowned as a modern-day classic, this iconic production is perhaps best known for replacing the traditional female corps de ballet with a menacing male ensemble.

Collecting over 30 international theater awards, MATTHEW BOURNE’S SWAN LAKE has been acclaimed as a landmark achievement on the international stage. It has become the longest running ballet in the West End and on Broadway and enjoyed four hugely successful tours in the UK and thrilled audiences all over the world.

Ticket prices are $25, $50, $85, $110 and are available at the New York City Center Box Office, through CityTix at 212-581-1212, or online at www.nycitycenter.org/events.

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