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Swan Lake - but not as we know it

PUBLISHED: 16:31 03 December 2009 | UPDATED: 13:04 11 August 2010

A STUNNING and critically acclaimed version of Tchaikovsky s ballet, Swan Lake, is returning to London for a festive run. Matthew Bourne s Swan Lake, which has wowed audiences around the world since it premiered in 1995, is at the Sadler s Wells Theatre i

A STUNNING and critically acclaimed version of Tchaikovsky's ballet, Swan Lake, is returning to London for a festive run.

Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake, which has wowed audiences around the world since it premiered in 1995, is at the Sadler's Wells Theatre in Islington, from December 10 to January 24.

This powerful production, based loosely on the Russian classic, is best known for replacing the traditional female corps de ballet with a menacing male ensemble.

Instead of delicate ballerinas in tiaras and tutus portraying the swans, choreographer Bourne gives us bare-chested men, wearing feathered knee length trousers and bold, black facial markings.

Bourne once said the idea of a male dancer playing a swan makes complete sense to him.

"The strength, the beauty, the enormous wing span of these creatures, suggests to me the musculature of a male dancer more readily than a ballerina" he said

Set to Tchaikovsky's beautiful score, Bourne's re-interpretation revolves around a young and lonely prince who feels rejected by his mother and yearns for love and freedom.

The ballet, which has won 30 international awards, expertly blends dance, humour and spectacle to create a provocative and exciting performance, which can be enjoyed by the whole family.

This 2009 revival features a talented cast of performers and stars Richard Winsor and Jonathan Ollivier, who will be taking on the coveted role of The Swan.

Tickets cost from £10-£50. Call the box office on 0844 412 4300 or book online at www.sadlerswells.com.


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