Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake.Theatre Royal, Plymouth
I have to admit, Matthew Bourne can do no wrong in my eyes. I've seen the majority of his productions and each is as magical and intriguing as the next... Swan Lake is no exception.Bourne's choreography is like a breath of fresh air to dance and the performance is dynamic and edgy from start to finish.He famously changed the gender of the swan to a male dancer and the wafting and pirouetting ballerinas are replaced by strong, muscular men as the swans.What is so unique about his productions, is that he's not scared to push the boundaries. He's taken a traditional dance performance and turned on its head and added his own twists.The story is still told to Tchaikovsky's famous score but instead of classical dance, there are elements of playful and modern dance- from bopping in the club scene to the seductive Tango inspired in the ball section. It's fun, upbeat and sucks you in from the minute the curtain goes up.The dancing is just perfect thanks to the timing of the routines and the crispness of every move.What's so refreshing is Bourne adds and air of comedy to lift the spirits of theatre goers, from the pull along Corgi to the loud and bright girlfriend of the Prince.The story follows a Prince ( Sam Archer) who is looking for a relationship in the gaze of his cold hearted mother The Queen (Michela Meazza).Then up pops girlfriend (Anjali Mehra), who is completely unsuitable for a Royal and chaos follows.The Swan (Jonathan Oliver) who seduces the Prince is then thrown into the mix.There were numerous scenes which stood out from the powerful flock of male swans taking to the stage to the sparkly scene at the nightclub, which was highly original.The highly charged piece of theatre is a joy to watch and had the whole audience on their feet for a standing ovation.It's no surprise that Swan Lake is still selling out theatres around the country 18 years after it opened, as Bourne has reinvented a classic and introduced ballet to the masses.
Bourne's Swan Lake is breathtaking