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Ballet that pushes the boundaries, and invites everyone in
Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty
Gothic Fairytale Ballet

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.

Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty
Puppetry features in this surprising ballet

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'.

Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty
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.

Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty
Barefooted Beauty and the Gardener

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 Sleeping Beauty
Colour and lighting denote good and evil

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.

Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty
Sleeping Beauty

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.

Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty
Finding the princess after 100 years


Cinema Nova, Carlton - September 7, 8, 10, 11
Village Rivoli Cinemas, Hawthorn East - Sept 8
Palace Brighton Bay, Brighton - Sept 7, 8
Sorrento Athenaeum
Star Cinema, Eaglehawk

Dendy Opera Quays, Sydney - Sept 12
Event Cinemas Bondi Junction, Bondi Junction - Sept 7, 8, 9
Cremorne Orpheum - Sept 14, 15, 16
Chauvel Cinema, Paddington - Sept 7, 8
Event Cinemas Castle Hill - Sept 7, 8, 9
Event Cinemas Hornsby - Sept 7, 8, 9
Avoca Beach Picture Theatre
Narooma Kinema
Greater Union, Newcastle- Sept 7, 8, 9
Cinemax Cinema, Kingscliff - Sept 8, 9
Palace Byron Bay - Sept 7, 8

Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas, Adelaide - Sept 7, 8
Event Cinemas Marion, Oaklands Park - Sept 7, 8, 9

Luna Windsor, Nedlands 7, 8

Palace Centro, Fortitude Valley Sept 7

Dendy Portside, Hamilton
Palace Barracks, Brisbane - Sept 7, 8
Event Cinemas, Indooroopilly - Sept 7, 8, 9
Noosa 5 Cinemas, Noosa Heads - Sept 7, 8, 9

MONA - Cinemona, Berriedale
CMAX Devonport

Dendy Canberra, Canberra - Sept 8, 12
Greater Union Manuka - Sept 7, 8, 9

A supernatural love story, re-imagined

All images appear courtesy of New Adventures.
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Why? Fairytales were never this surprising
When: September 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th
Where: Screening Across Australia
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