December 20, 2013 |
In this time when news is disseminated ever more quickly, we asked our critics to list the best of culture in 2013 in tweet form: 2013 was a busy year in dance. It was difficult to catch everything. But of those performances I did see, these 10 made memories. The launch of @TheBarakBallet gives talented L.A. choreographer Melissa Barak and her compelling dancers a needed home for her detailed rep. Before Ojai, @MarkMorrisDance was @VPACatCSUN, where fans gleefully lapped up 3 of Morris' exuberant, visionary pieces, spanning 30 years.
September 2, 2001 |
London-based choreographer Matthew Bourne has always had an imaginary foot in America. A preadolescent autograph hunter, longtime devotee of the Hollywood musical and lifelong movie fan, Bourne and his company, Adventures in Motion Pictures, have recently found success--and a home away from home--in Los Angeles and New York. But his 1995 all-male "Swan Lake" was set against the psychological backdrop of British stiff-upper-lip royalty and 1997's "Cinderella" took place in 1940s blitz-era London.
March 28, 1999 |
Matthew Bourne has been to Broadway and back, and he can't wait to get to L.A. "It's nice coming to a place where people are very caring and welcoming," says the choreographer by phone from London. It has been two years since the U.S. premiere--at the Music Center's Ahmanson Theatre--of Bourne's irreverent version of "Swan Lake," in which he made male beasts of the sacred swans and brought dance theater to the masses. "The audiences were incredibly warm.
November 28, 2004 |
There's never really been a term for Matthew Bourne's particular brand of storytelling -- a cinema-influenced, live-on-stage mixture of dance and theater, with few fancy steps and never many words. Yet in the last decade, the London-based Bourne's own story has been one of acclaim in both Britain and the United States as a theatrical master of vibrant, original and crowd-pleasing entertainment.
October 3, 2012 |
"Swan Lake," in the hands of the Mariinsky Ballet, is an experience of classicism that few can duplicate 117 years after the ballet's premiere. The St. Petersburg dancers and orchestra returned Tuesday with their three-hour-plus, Petipa-Ivanov classic to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts (continuing through Sunday). In rougher quarters, "Swan Lake" dives into war horse territory. To contemporary choreographers, such as Matthew Bourne and Mats Ek, its anachronistic story of love between a prince and an enchanted swan-woman has been fertile and successful ground for outrageous revisionism.
April 17, 2005
I read with genuine excitement Matthew Bourne's excellent commentary on his fine production "Play Without Words" ("What More Is There to Say?," April 10). As a ballet choreographer who has been crafting original narrative ballets for most of my career, it was a very welcome sign that concert dance may finally be returning to dramatic story. My ballet company, De'Ath Ballet, has been quietly producing narrative ballet for some 20 years. . I have often felt that I am operating in an absolute vacuum, and, as Bourne so correctly points out, almost no choreographers attempt it. Production costs are so high in these tough economic times that ballet companies steer away from new narratives in fear of poor box office.