Friday, 13 August 2010

Things To See: Matthew Bourne's Cinderella

Always an innovator and a maverick-- dancer, choreographer and director Matthew Bourne has been twisting and changing traditional ballets and stories for years now. As well as The Car Man  (Bizet's Carmen), Bourne has also turned his hand to creating dance productions of Edward Scissorhands and Dorian Gray. Classical ballet has also received the Bourne treatment; his is the all male version of Swan Lake you see at the end of the film Billy Elliot, and the first time I saw Nutcracker! I think my jaw stayed firmly on the theatre floor for the entire performance. I was enchanted, entertained and totally blown away. Tchaikovsky's famous score remains, but Bourne's Nutcracker! is a completely modern spectacle of contemporary dance; by turns emotional, dramatic, funny and exciting.

I read the other day that a revamped version of Bourne's 1997 production, Cinderella will be premiering at Sadler's Wells Theatre, London on the 30th November, running until the 23rd January before beginning a UK wide tour. The short clips available on both YouTube and the Sadler's Wells website are enough for me to be itching to see it already. This is Cinderella totally reinvented and just in time for Christmas...

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