Sir Matthew Bourne Gothic romance reawakens
Five - time Olivier Award winner and Tony Award winner Sir Matthew Bourne is bringing his version of 'Sleeping Beauty' to Beijing. Subtitled 'A Gothic Romance", the British choreographer and director promised to surprise, if not shock.
A Sleeping Beauty fairy tale, but one that drips with candle wax and vampire blood that seeps into the conscious realm.
Matthew Bourne's "Sleeping Beauty"
Matthew Bourne’s haunting new scenario for the ballet is a gothic fairy tale for all ages. His supernatural love story features vampires and spans over a century, from 1890 to the present. This timeless fairytale, about a young girl who was cursed to sleep for 100 years, was first turned into a ballet by Tchaikovsky and choreographer Marius Petipa in 1890.
"1890 was the height of gothic literature: dracular. So it's very much a world from that gothic literature. For me it's a fairytale. It's a love story across time, across 100 years. I still see it very much as a modern fairytale," said choreographer and director Matthew Bourne.
"Sleeping Beauty" is the last of Tchaikovsky ballet trilogy, which took nearly two decades to complete.
"His music makes want to dance and want to tell a story. So I have a big affinity with Tchaikovsky I think. The thing that really excites me is that all three become very well-known pieces, always performed in the same way, the same kind of images. If you start to change the images, you start to see and hear in a different way. So I think what it makes people do is to listen to the music again, to rediscover the music," said Bourne.
Since its debut in 2012, Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty has sold out hundreds of performances. And the award-winning choreographer is confident that this production will win over audience in Beijing.
"We got audience who come to see us who are not really familiar with the ballet. And they found themselves in tears in just about 10 minutes. So I don't see any reason why the audience here in Beijing would be any different. The story is universal, the music is amazing. Just sit there. Let it wash over you and have a great time!" said Bourne.
"Sir Matthew's work is very unique. He did a great job at re-interpreting the classic, using the lauange of dance. This inspires us to tell our own story through the universal language of dance. I think it's really great that we get to see such a masterpiece at our doorstep, so I'm very much looking forward to watch the show," said dancer Wang Yabin.
Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty will have 6 showings over four days at Beijing's Tianqiao Performing Arts Centre in early September. And this will be the last tour before its hiatus.