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Ballet that pushes the boundaries, and invites everyone in
Last time I looked, Sleeping Beauty did not include vampires, tattoos and mobile phones. But then again, when the world's most surprising choreographer Matthew Bourne is involved, it seems anything is possible.
New Adventures' production of one the world's best loved ballets, Sleeping Beauty, now screening across Australia, embraces the well-known orchestral score by Peter Tchaikovsky, and a whole lot more besides.
Best known for his re-imagining of Swan Lake will an all-male ensemble, Matthew Bourne's gothic Sleeping Beauty begins in 1890, also the year when the ballet first premiered. The baby Aurora is a marionette whose antics keep her many keepers 'on their toes'.
Edwardian context for one of the world's most loved ballets
With Perrault's timeless fairy tale as the starting point, Bourne weaves together classical ballet, contemporary movement, puppetry, theatrical language and pointed cultural references in what is an engaging and quirky telling. Comical antics are never far from the surface, and colour and lighting across costume and set boldly denote good and evil.
On her 21st birthday Aurora is an exuberant young woman living in the Edwardian era. She clearly exhibits a propensity for thwarting social conventions, welcomes the gardener through her bedroom window, and displays an aversion to wearing shoes. Her behaviour borders on precocious.
Matthew Bourne's gothic fairy tale is something of a supernatural love story that culminates in our present era, successfully blending the classic past with the current day.
As resident company at Sadlers-Wells Theatre in London, New Adventures regularly employs more than 70 dancers, and appears at more venues and gives more performances than any other UK dance company. With 10 Olivier award nominations, 4 Manchester Evening News Dance Awards, and a Special TMA award for commitment to national touring, this company is proving to be something of a leader in the dance world.
Australian audiences can now view this lavish and remarkable production across the country, with screenings in Victoria, NSW, Queensland, Tasmania, Western Australia, and ACT. Screenings are limited and patrons are advised to act now to secure their seats.