Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake has been crowned a modern day classic with good reason. Arriving at the Mayflower on Tuesday 25th until Saturday 29th, it promises to be an original, edgy and provocative production that completely subverts all preconceptions of ballet.
It is a modern, vibrant and exciting performance that utterly turns tradition upside down and has taken the dance world by storm. This reinterpretation of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece remains the timeless story of unrequited love and unfulfilled desires, but its innovative replacement of ballerinas in white tutus with a menacing male ensemble conveys a power and a violence that doesn’t exist in the traditional classic performances of Swan Lake.
It shuns all the clichés of traditional ballet, providing a completely unique experience with its dark narrative of desire, debauchery and deceit. No longer is the focus on the innocent white swan and her seductress black swan opposite, but on the Prince, who only hopes to experience love but is rejected by all.
Since its première in London in 1995, the ongoing success of the performance is a testament to its excellence and has received international acclaim and collected over 30 Awards.
Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake is sure to change your opinion of ballet forever, completely destroying any unfavourable expectations you may have quickly with its unique interpretation of a classic tale.
Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake arrives at the Mayflower from Tuesday 25th to Saturday 29th. Tickets for this exciting and thrilling production are available from The Mayflower’s website here or you can ring the box office at 02380 711811.