April 11, 2013 |
The new 2013-14 season of Dance at the Music Center will feature works by choreographers Matthew Bourne, Ethan Stiefel and Alexei Ratmansky. The season, which the Music Center announced this week, will also include return appearances by Ballet Preljocaj and the Paul Taylor Dance Company. The dance series -- whose full title is Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center -- will take place at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, unless otherwise noted. As previously announced, Nederlands Dans Theater will present "Chamber" (Oct.
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.
December 15, 2006 |
CHOREOGRAPHER Matthew Bourne is best known for flipping his sources: taking a ballet, an opera, a feature film and switching period, location, character-gender until it yields a powerful, newly engaging dance drama. But Tim Burton's 1990 film "Edward Scissorhands" seemed to need no radical reinterpretation.
December 10, 2006 |
LEZ BROTHERSTON loves a challenge. That's one reason he's the perfect match for Matthew Bourne, the choreographer-provcateur whose wide-ranging imagination might daunt a less creative collaborator. Bourne has become a pop icon famous for spinning fresh tales out of well-trodden classics.
September 10, 2006 |
ENDANGERED outsiders are central to the acclaimed full-evening dance dramas of Matthew Bourne, whether they're an alienated prince ("Swan Lake"), a shellshocked pilot ("Cinderella"), a reckless bisexual drifter ("The Car Man") or a waif trapped in a dismal orphanage ("Nutcracker!"). However, the most helpless outsider in Bourne's body of work just might be the childlike title character in "Edward Scissorhands," coming to the Ahmanson Theatre for a three-week run starting Dec. 12.
March 8, 2006 |
Alan Vincent is a man's man. Tall and virile-looking in a Clive Owen kind of way, with a disarming smile, this 30-year-old Briton relishes any opportunity to knock back a single-malt whiskey. But these days, in his non-imbibing hours, he projects a somewhat less macho image -- that of the sexy, insinuating lead swan in Matthew Bourne's singular interpretation of "Swan Lake."