Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake
The WI-Flyers Cinema Club had its second outing on Tuesday 21stMay when we went to see Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, a Big Screen Event at Vue Farnborough. This legendary and award-winning dance production was screened in cinemas worldwide and nationwide – and we were (very excitedly!) part of it.
This is a modern version of a ballet classic. Instead of the feminine romance of the original, Matthew Bourne’s version of Swan Lake is thrilling, audacious, witty and emotional. His powerful interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s beloved tale is a passionate and contemporary Swan Lake for our times.
The plot revolves around a young crown prince, his distant mother, and his desire for freedom, represented by a swan. It is perhaps still best known for replacing the female corps-de-ballet with a menacing male ensemble, which shattered conventions, turned tradition upside down and took the dance world by storm.
Those film buffs amongst you will recognise the Billy Elliot connection … when, at the end of the film, Billy makes that legendary leap in Swan Lake to show he has succeeded in his career as a ballet dancer. Such an iconic scene.
Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake made its world premiere on 9thNovember 1995 at Sadler’s Wells Theatre. It went on to tour worldwide, and over the last 24 years has enjoyed many revival tours in the UK. The ballet has collected over thirty international theatre awards, including an Olivier in the UK and three Tonys on Broadway. In the next 12 months this current production will go on to tour in China, Korea and the USA.