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Ashley Shaw in Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

New Adventures – Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella – London

★★★✰✰   While the production is supremely stylish and the characters well-observed with expressive and romantic choreography, the narrative is padded out in order to fill the music, particularly where traditional elements of “Cinderella” have been excised.

Barnaby Rook Bishop, Thomas Edwards and Simon Schilgen in The Nutcracker.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Ballet – The Nutcracker – Edinburgh

★★★★✰   A charming, uplifting ballet that truly sets the scene for Christmas. A large part of the heart-warming effect was Darrell’s decision to populate the stage with children…

Liam Lindsay and Amy McEntee in Christopher Bruce's Mya.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Central – 2017 Tour – London

★★★✰✰   At the end of the evening was what you might call the blockbuster piece of the tour – 30 minutes of Matthew Bourne in the form of Act II of his “Highland Fling”. Bourne’s take on “La Sylphide” is a wonderful piece of work, full of wit, style and pathos…

Sir Matthew Bourne with the Critics' Circle Award for Outstanding Services to the Arts.© Elliott Franks. (Click image for larger version)

Matthew Bourne – An Appreciation on his winning the Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Services to the Arts

Graham Watts’ citation, made before the presentation – a major appreciation of a huge star of dance and theatre…

Matthew Bourne's Early Adventures - The Infernal Galop.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

New Adventures – Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventures – London

★★★★✰   Matthew Bourne celebrates the 30th anniversary of his own company at the same time as Tate Britain has launched “Queer British Art 1861-1967” to mark the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality. “Early Adventures” could be a theatrical coda to the exhibition…

Tamara Rojo in Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Broken Wings.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Memorable Performances of 2016 – London

Lynette Halewood with her personal selection of London dance memories from the past year…

Ashley Shaw in The Red Shoes.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

New Adventures – Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes – London

★★★✰✰   If you remember the 1948 film, the plot is easy to follow. If you don’t, and can’t pick up the references to ballets, a printed scenario would be helpful, as would job-descriptions of the characters…

Ashley Shaw and Adam Maskell in Sleeping Beauty.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Matthew Bourne / New Adventures – Sleeping Beauty – London

It’s a modern and sometimes rather busy retelling, but it ends as every fairy tale should do…

Zizi Strallen and Chris Trenfield in The Car Man.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Matthew Bourne / New Adventures – The Car Man – London

It is almost eight years to the day since The Car Man was last revived at Sadler’s Wells (having premiered in 2000) and it seems even better than I recall…

Erik Cavallari as the Prince with Sophie Martin as the Sugar Plum Fairy in Peter Darrell’s The Nutcracker.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Ballet – The Nutcracker – Edinburgh

… what a Nutcracker Scottish Ballet now have – focused on the joy of children, the delight of dance and the wonder of magic and great design.

Ashley Shaw and Dominic North in Edward Scissorhands.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Matthew Bourne / New Adventures – Edward Scissorhands – London

Though it has a downbeat ending, Bourne raises audiences’ spirits with cheerily choreographed curtain calls, a heavenly chorale and drifting snowflakes.

Matthew Bourne and Scott Ambler's Lord of the Flies.© Helen Maybanks. (Click image for larger version)

New Adventures and Re:Bourne – Lord of the Flies – London

As a dance outreach project, Matthew Bourne’s Lord of the Flies is a rather marvellous thing…

Jonathan Olliver in Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)(Click image for larger version)

Matthew Bourne / New Adventures – Swan Lake – Edinburgh

Almost 20 years since it first premiered, Matthew Bourne’s sharp, satirical and exquisitely beautiful Swan Lake feels as up to the minute as if it were choreographed last week.

Lusymay Di Stefano and Claudio Coviello in [I]Giselle[/I].© Marco Brescia and Rudy Amisano, Teatro alla Scala. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet at the Hong Kong Arts Festival 2014: La Scala Ballet in Giselle & Scottish Ballet in Highland Fling

The Festival kicked off with two classical ballet companies presenting very different versions of the oldest and most celebrated Romantic ballets in the repertoire: a classic rendering of Giselle and a radically different take on La Sylphide…

Ethan Stiefel in the studio.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Ethan Stiefel is standing down as Royal New Zealand Ballet Artistic Director after just 3 years

A shame – not long for either him or the company to know one another. Three years is not the normal tenure for being artistic director of a company – 5 would be…

An elated Matthew Bourne and Leanne Benjamin.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

National Dance Awards 2013 – Leanne Benjamin and Matthew Bourne’s citations for outstanding achievement in dance

At Monday’s National Dance Awards two de Valois awards were given for outstanding achievement in dance. Here are Graham Watts citations for Leanne Benjamin and Matthew Bourne, as given on the day.

Poster image for Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty.© Image by Hugo Glendinning. (Click image for larger version)

Matthew Bourne / New Adventures – Sleeping Beauty – Washington

Throughout the piece, Bourne’s choreography is highly theatrical and vigorous but only intermittently compelling …the chief pleasure of the evening was the highly-spirited and convincing performance of the entire cast.

Hannah Vassallo as Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty.© Simon Annand. (Click image for larger version)

Matthew Bourne / New Adventures – Sleeping Beauty – New York

For all Bourne’s imagination, his version makes even less sense than the original.

Lord Of The Flies poster image.© New Adventures.

LORD OF THE FLIES – A new show from New Adventures and Re:Bourne

New Adventures and Re:Bourne are delighted to announce a national tour of a thrilling new production of LORD OF THE FLIES, choreographed by Olivier nominated Scott Ambler, adapted and directed by Matthew Bourne and Scott Ambler…

Sophie Martin as the Sylph in Highland Fling.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Scottish Ballet – Highland Fling – Glasgow

A hit with me and I’m so glad it’s a great success in the company’s home and a great calling card for touring. It’s a particularly useful broadening of Scottish Ballet’s repertoire.

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