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Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty, New Adventures, Sadler's Wells
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rakspatel wrote in mycroft_brolly
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Cut and pasted from the Sadler's Wells Website:

New Adventures' 25th birthday culminates with the world premiere of Matthew Bourne's latest re-imagining of a ballet classic.

Sleeping Beauty sees Bourne return to the music of Tchaikovsky to complete the trio of ballet masterworks that started with Nutcracker! and the international smash hit, Swan Lake.

This timeless fairy tale, about a young girl cursed to sleep for 100 years, was turned into a legendary ballet in 1890. We meet our heroine, Aurora, at her Christening, when fairies and vampires fed the gothic imagination, before the story moves forward a century to the modern day.

Matthew Bourne’s haunting new production is a gothic romance; a supernatural love story that even the passage of time cannot hinder.

Follow the link for the full production details:

Dominic North as Leo and Hannah Vassallo as Aurora in Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty.
© Simon Annand
Photo credit: http://dancetabs.com/2012/12/matthew-bourne-new-adventures-sleeping-beauty-london/

Raks's Reaction

As I have said before, I am no dance expert. However, I do see a fair amount of dance over the year, everything ranging from classical ballet, to cuban salsa, to contemporary street dance.

I LOVE Matthew Bourne. I adored his Nutcracker!, his Swan Lake, his Edward Scissorhands, and his Cinderella, to name just a few of my most beloved dance pieces.

For that reason, I have been looking forward to seeing this piece for some time and it did not disappoint one iota. I simply LOVED this new take on Sleeping Beauty and the production blew me away.

The puppet baby in the production is a work of sheer genius. She is more than capable of completely stealing the show. She looks and feels real - all credit to the puppeteers. She was just adorable! (and I am someone with zero mothering instinct!).

Kate Lyons as Hibernia, Fairy of Rebirth, in Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty
Photo: Dance Europe
Photo credit: http://www.danceeurope.net/gallery/sleeping-beauty-matthew-bourne

As with all Matthew Bourne Ballets, what I liked about this one, was the very powerful story-telling in the piece. You could follow the story-line very easily.

Also, as with all Matthew Bourne Ballets, the choreography and the costumes were breath-taking, stunning and beautiful. They were both to die for!

In summary, a magical and enchanting production - a real Christmas Box of Delights that would appeal to adults and children alike. Truly exceptional. A must-see. I can't recommend it highly enough!

Photo credit: http://www.birminghamhippodrome.com/whatson_focus.asp?showid=1764

Ben Bunce as Caradoc and Hannah Vassallo as Aurora in Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty
Photo: Dance Europe
Photo credit: http://www.danceeurope.net/gallery/sleeping-beauty-matthew-bourne

The trailer is excellent and gives you a real flavour of the entirety of the show:

The show is now pretty much sold out for its run at Sadler's Wells but will be touring in 2013. Details here:

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Looks fantastic! I wish... but alas, the only dance I'm seeing is the current series of Strictly on the BBC. Final tonight! :-))

Love Santa Benedict!

Some consolations:

- This Sleeping Beauty is SO amazing it is sure to be revived asap, just like Swan Lake and the Nutcracker!. So if you miss it this year/next year, there will be other chances to catch it.

- Both Swan Lake and the Nutcracker! are also available on DVD so you never know with this either!

- You will enjoy this. It is a BBC "Imagine" special looking at Matthew Bourne and focusing on this Sleeping Beauty, going behind the scenes of the creative process. It is here:
But you will have to be quick, because it is only available until Christmas Day.

As for Strictly, this is the first year where I have not been able to catch any of it, including tonight's final. Too many other theatre commitments. Have I missed anything? :)

Thanks for that link. I'll try to carve out time to watch the Imagine special before it expires on iPlayer. Strictly: this series has been excellent as usual, with possibly the highest quality final ever. I've really enjoyed it. Fittingly for this year, an Olympian won. :-)

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