The unhappy and unloved Prince is mocked, betrayed and rejected by everyone around him. When he decides to commit suicide by throwing himself in a lake at a city park, a beautiful Swan emerges from the water. The Prince and the Swan become close friends, but their friendship is destined to end in tragedy.
Perhaps best-known for replacing the traditional female corps de ballet with a menacing male ensemble, Matthew Bourne blends dance, style, humour, spectacle, character comedy and mime to create a provocative and powerful Swan Lake for our times.
Since its 9th November 1995 world premiere at Sadler's Wells, Matthew Bourne's breathtaking and sexy version of Swan Lake has become the longest running ballet in the London's West End and on Broadway. It has enjoyed four successful tours in the UK and continues to thrill audiences throughout the world.
Originally written by Tchaikovsky in the late 19th century, Swan Lake was staged at Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre in 1877, but it wasn't until 18 years later – and after the death of its composer – that it was finally staged in St Petersburg, and became a universal classic.
This new, witty and surprising production has been designed to speak to a modern audience, to excite them, to move them.
Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake has collected over thirty international theatre awards including three Tonys for the Broadway production and has been widely acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic as a landmark production on the international stage.
As the director and choreographer for Swan Lake Matthew Bourne is the only British director to have won the Tony Award for Best Director and Best Choreographer of a Musical in the same year (1999).
For Matthew, Swan Lake had a particular appeal: "I could see an opportunity to create a human story, with the potential for great dramatic power and range, indulge my satirical and humorous leanings as well as create whole suites of abstract movement to some of the best dance music ever written. Irresistible!"
The most talked about innovation in this production is the casting of a male dancer in the coveted role of Odette/Odile known as "the Swan". "The idea of a male swan makes complete sense to me", says Matthew, "the strength, the beauty, the enormous wingspan of these creatures suggests to me the musculature of a male dancer more readily than a ballerina in her white tutu".
Swan Lake has gone through many different interpretations since its creation by Tchaikovsky. Matthew Bourne's production retains two of the essentials that make Swan Lake so universally loved – Tchaikovsky's great score and the story of our constant yearning for an unattainable ideal.
H «Λίμνη των Κύκνων» θεωρείται ένα από τα σημαντικότερα μπαλέτα όλων των εποχών, καθώς ενσαρκώνει όσο κανένα άλλο όλη την γκάμα των ανθρώπινων συναισθημάτων, από την ελπίδα μέχρι την απόγνωση, από τον τρόμο μέχρι την τρυφερότητα, από τη μελαγχολία μέχρι την έκσταση. Η εκδοχή του Μάθιου Μπερν βασίζεται στο γνωστό κλασικό μπαλέτο με τη μουσική του μεγάλου Ρώσου συνθέτη Πιότρ Ιλίτς Τσαϊκόφσκι, αλλά περιέχει πολλά ανατρεπτικά στοιχεία, όπως η επιλογή ανδρών χορευτών για τους ρόλους της Οντέτ/Οντίλ και των κύκνων.
Η επική εκδοχή της «Λίμνης των Κύκνων» του Μάθιου Μπερν αποτελεί τη μακροβιότερη παραγωγή μπαλέτου στο West End του Λονδίνου και στο Broadway. Έχει συγκεντρώσει μέχρι σήμερα περισσότερα από τριάντα διεθνή θεατρικά βραβεία – ανάμεσα στα οποία συγκαταλέγονται 3 Tony στο Broadway – αποτελώντας ορόσημο του σύγχρονου χοροθεάτρου και στις δύο πλευρές του Ατλαντικού. H «Λίμνη των Κύκνων» του Μάθιου Μπερν έχει περιοδεύσει με τεράστια επιτυχία σε πολλές χώρες του κόσμου, ενώ έχει γυριστεί δύο φορές σε ταινία, το 1996 (από τον Peter Mumford, με πρωταγωνιστές τους χορευτές Adam Cooper, Scott Ambler, Fiona Chadwick, Barry Atkinson, Emily Piercy και Andrew Walkinshaw), και το 2012 (από τον Ross MacGibbon, με πρωταγωνιστές τους χορευτές Richard Winsor, Dominic North, Nina Goldman, Steve Kirkham, Madelaine Brennan και Joseph Vaughan).
Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake, 2012
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Swan Lake (1875-1876)
Richard Winsor..........The Swan / The Stranger
Dominic North..........The Prince
Nina Goldman..........The Queen
Steve Kirkham..........The Press Secretary
Madelaine Brennan..........The Girlfriend
Joseph Vaughan..........The Young Prince
New Adventures Dance Company
Directed and Choreographed by / Θεατρική σκηνοθεσία και χορογραφία: Matthew Bourne
New scenario / Προσαρμογή σεναρίου: Matthew Bourne
Directed for Screen by / Σκηνοθεσία βίντεο: Ross MacGibbon
Set and Costumes Disigned by / Σκηνικά και κοστούμια: Lez Brotherston
Lighting Designed by / Διεύθυνση φωτισμού: Rick Fisher
Executive Production by / Διεύθυνση Παραγωγής: Robert Noble, Fiona Morris, Todd Austin
Director οf Photography / Διεύθυνση Φωτογραφίας: David Gopsill
Make Up / Μακιγιάζ: Christine Vidler, Shaunna Harrison, Louise Coles
The New London Orchestra
Conductor: David Lloyd-Jones
Recorded live in 2012 in high definition at Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
Uploaded on Youtube for the Blog "Faces of Classical Music"
First publication: December 8, 2016 – Last update: December 4, 2017
Swan Lake ballet, or rather, Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake. Music by Tchaikovsky. Traditional story reinterpreted, choreographed, and directed by Matthew Bourne. The original show was premiered at Sadler's Wells Theatre in 1995.
This is the famous "gay version" of the Swan Lake story with the male swan corps. It was very popular in DVD (1992); this Blu-ray version is an update with current technology and new stars: Richard Winsor (The Swan/Stranger), Dominic North (The Prince), Nina Goldman (The Queen), Madelaine Brennan (The Girlfriend), Steve Kirkham (The Private Secretary), and Joseph Vaughan (The Young Prince). David Lloyd-Jones conducts the New London Orchestra. Set and costume design by Lez Brotherston; lighting by Rick Fisher; screen direction by Ross MacGibbon; sound post production by Mike Hatch; executive production by Robert Noble, Fiona Morris, and Todd Austin.
The story (with screenshots)
The Prince (Joseph Vaughan) as a child. He just had a nightmare about swans:
The Queen (Nina Goldman), is aloof and cold to her son, but she is excessively attracted to other young men:
The Prince is learning royal PR by going with the Queen to an art exhibition. His homosexuality is sternly repressed, so the living nude statute doesn't cause much reaction:
The Prince doesn't have friends. But he gets some cover by taking as Girlfriend (Madelaine Brennan) the dumbest blond you could image. Here the Royals are at a ballet in the opera house. The Girlfriend is giving her roommate a telephone report about the ballet she sees on the stage. The man behind the Girlfriend is The Private Secretary (Steve Kirkham):
But even the Girlfriend is informing on the Prince, who is truly alone:
Nights the Prince goes to brood at a lake near the palace. One night a corps of swans reveal themselves to the prince. All the members of the corps are male as is their leader, whom we'll call Alpha (Richard Winsor):
The Prince learns a truth about himself, which he will thereafter continue to conceal:
To cheer him up a bit, the Queen throws a party for the Prince. All the women invited are spectacular beauties and dancers. But there's not much life to the party until Alpha crashes it alone. Alpha pays no attention to the Prince. Instead, he goes for the women. Here he lasciviously greets the Queen:
After that, all the women want a piece of Alpha:
Including the Girlfriend:
And the Queen:
The psychological pressure on the Prince is too great, and his behavior becomes erratic. After the crowd mocks the Prince, he looses his mind and the party ends catastrophically:
Alas, the Queen, and not the Prince, seeks solace with Alpha:
The Prince is confined to a hospital until he can be released to homecare. Now his childhood nightmare continues as the swans reappear. But this time they attack and kill Alpha, perhaps for paying too much attention to women. Now bereft of the only thing he truly loved, the Prince also dies. This is followed by an apotheosis in the window over the bed: Alpha and the Prince, embracing, ascend:
Richard Winsor was born on January 4, 1982, in Nottinghamshire, England, United Kingdom to English parents. He was raised there only for few years and then he moved to London with his parents at a young age.
In 2010 he played Tomas in the hugely successful British film StreetDance 3D produced by Vertigo films and he also appeared as the character Father Francis in Hollyoaks in 2011.
Winsor is a trained dancer and has starred in several Matthew Bourne productions. In August 2001 he joined Bourne's company Adventures in Motion Pictures (later to become New Adventures) for the US tour of Car Man continuing in the role until early 2002 with tours in France and Japan. In 2004 he collaborated with the production of Play Without Words which opened to excellent reviews at the National Theatre and which was later to be given two prestigious Olivier Awards. With Bourne he created and then played "Dorian" in the sell-out Edinburgh festival and London runs of Dorian Gray, a dance/theatre adaptation of Oscar Wilde's novel A Picture of Dorian Gray, and "Edward" in Bourne's Edward Scissorhands. Recently in 2013 Richard collaborated with a Japanese dance company on a revival production of Dorian in Tokyo. In 2011 he starred as The Swan/The Stranger in Bourne's phenomenally successful Swan Lake in the UK and on world tours including New York and Tokyo and which has subsequently been released as a 3D DVD following a special filming at Sadlers Wells.
Winsor was voted number one in a poll for the "sexiest dancer in the world" by Elle magazine.
In 2005 Winsor appeared in Elle magazine in an eight page photo special featuring Richard and Victoria Beckham in the Christmas special edition.
Winsor made his stage acting debut in 2008 with his performance of the monster in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, directed by Laurie Sampson, at The Royal Playhouse Northampton which earned fabulous reviews for his athletic and emotional portrayal.
Winsor was educated at Ranby House and Worksop College, Nottinghamshire, before training at the Central School of Ballet from 1998 to 2001 and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He toured with Ballet Central during his third year and danced at the Kirov Masterclass at Sadlers Wells under the direction of Irek Mukhamedov. He performed with the Bejart Ballet at Sadlers Wells in Bolero and in One Touch of Venus at the Royal Opera House during his final year at Central before graduating and successfully auditioning for Adventures in Motion Pictures.
Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake, 1996 – Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Adam Cooper, Scott Ambler, Fiona Chadwick – New Adventures Dance Company, Matthew Bourne, Peter Mumford – The New London Orchestra, David Lloyd-Jones (HD 1080p)
Matthew Bourne's The Car Man (2001) – Music by George Bizet, Rodin Shchedrin, Terry Davies – Alan Vincent, Saranne Curtin, Will Kemp, Etta Murfitt, Scott Ambler – Lez Brotherston, Ross MacGibbon (Download the movie)
Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker! (2002) – Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Etta Murfitt, Alan Vincent, Saranne Curtin, Ewan Wardrop, Emily Piercy, Scott Ambler – New Adventures Dance Company, Matthew Bourne, Ross MacGibbon – Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Brett Morris (HD 1080p)