Anatomy of a Ballet: Inside Matthew Bourne's "Sleeping Beauty"
Since its St. Petersburg debut in 1890, Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty, choreographed by Marius Petipa, has been hailed as a near-perfect example of classicism, and criticized as a thinly plotted framework for a grueling set of variations. Nearly every ballet company has a version; most follow the traditional story and choreography. Enter Matthew Bourne, the British choreographer who found international success with his all-male-swan version of Swan Lake. Working with designer Lez Brotherston, Bourne gives his Sleeping Beauty a hefty dose of goth chic. His new production, which is currently touring the U.S. (see box), starts in 1890, and has Aurora reawaken in the 21st century. Pointe spoke with Bourne and Brotherston about their take on the ballet.
September 27–28: Des Moines, IA, Des Moines Performing Arts’ Civic Center
October 1–13: Cleveland, OH, PlayhouseSquare
October 15–20: Schenectady, NY, Proctors
October 23–November 3: New York, NY, New York City Center
November 5–10: Charlotte, NC, Blumenthal Performing Arts’ Belk Theater
November 12–17: Washington, DC, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
November 21–December 1: Los Angeles, CA, Ahmanson Theatre