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Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake Concludes Acclaimed Run 11/7





“A sensation. Bourne’s reinterpretation raises the ballet’s inherent sexiness and gives Tchaikovsky’s music new force. Bourne hasn’t taken the traditional road, but given tradition a push.” –  The New York Times

The critically acclaimed New York return engagement of MATTHEW BOURNE’S SWAN LAKE, the Tony Award® winning modern re-interpretation of the legendary ballet, will play the final performance of its limited run at New York City Center (131 West 55 Street) this Sunday, November 7 at 3:00pm.

Produced by New York City Center, Sadler’s Wells Theater London and Back Row Productions, the groundbreaking and multi-award-winning international hit production began performances of its four week limited engagement October 13 and officially opened October 25,2010.

Hailed around the world as a bold blend and theater and dance, MATTHEW BOURNE’S SWAN LAKE once again impressed both theater and dance critics.


“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

“Dance just got all sexypants. The mysterious hunk who shows up in form-fitting leather trousers in Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake is the tall dark stranger this town had been waiting to meet. Is it theater or dance? What matters is that it’s a great story, told wonderfully.” New York Post

“A captivating evening of dance as theater.  A work of storytelling in its purest, wordless form — and one that allows your imagination, like the onstage swans themselves, to take flight.” – Entertainment Weekly

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 share the role of “The Prince.” Original Broadway cast member Nina Goldman performs the role of “The Queen.”  Madelaine Brennan also appears as “The Queen” and “The Girlfriend,” a role she shares with Shelby Williams. “The Private Secretary” is 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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