Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake is a feast for the eyes and a celebration for the senses. Watching it for the first time was a stunning experience for me; a revelation. Dark, mysterious, sensuous and full of drama, Bourne’s theatrical revamping of this Petipa classic to the music of Tchaikovsky made this evening in the theatre one of those rare occasions never to be forgotten.
Matthew Bourne has received a whole host of awards. He was knighted in the New Year Honours 2016 and given an OBE. His company, New Adventures, is considered one of the most exciting ballet companies around today.
Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake premiered at Sadler’s Wells on 9 November 1995 with Adam Cooper as The Swan. It was the longest-running ballet both in London’s West End and on Broadway, and has since been performed in the multiple countries across the world.
Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake has collected over 30 international awards, including:
- 1996 – Best New Dance Production, Laurence Olivier Awards
- 1996, 1997 – Time Out Dance Award
- 1997 – Best Choreography, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards
- 1999 – Astaire Awards for Excellence in Dance on Broadway
- 1999 – Best Director of a Musical, Best Choreography and Best Costume Design, Tony Awards
In 2012, a new cast of dancers (see credits below) was filmed at Sadlers Wells in 3D. After premiering in London the film was distributed nationwide and later released on DVD.
Here it is, the show in full-length version – in HD 1080p recording ‘n all. – Full screen, speakers up, and enjoy!
NOTE | Unfortunately the full-length video I had linked to here was removed from YouTube on November 1st, 2020, due to copyright claims forwarded by New Adventures. – Rightly so, I hasten to add; I’m not at all surprised as I was probably far more surprised to find the full, high quality version freely available on the YouTube channel. – My recommendation: Purchase the DVD, this version of Swan Lake is really worth seeing. You’ll find all the information you need below.
I have replaced the full version with a rather lengthy extract I found, which includes the beautiful and moving swan dance. Let’s hope – for everyones’ sake – that will stay put for a while, despite it being a live recording, of lesser quality, and probably filmed without permission. My sincere apologies to everyone in case I appear to be moralistic and finger-pointing, but art (and most certainly at this level) is a profession and professionals need and deserve a decent income. A free YouTube version doesn’t generate income, hence I urge you again: do consider bying the DVD.
Meanwhile enjoy this taster:
Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake
SWAN LAKE (Bourne)
New Adventures Dance Company | Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ashley Bain; Tim Bartlett; Cindy Ciunfrini; Tom Clarke; Travis Clausen Knight; James Cousins; Tom Davies; Pia Driver; Gavin Eden; Ross Fountain; Phil Jack Gardner; Jack Jones; Nicola Kabera; Mari Kamata; Daisy May Kemp; Katie Lusby; Jamie McDonald; Luke Murphy; Samuel Plant; Alastair Postlethwaite; Danny Reubens; Anwar Russell; Christopher Trendfield; Shelby Williams
New scenario, Directed and Choreographed by Matthew Bourne
Directed for the Screen by Ross MacGibbon
Set and Costumes Design: Lez Brotherston
Lighting Design: Rick Fisher
Executive Production: Robert Noble, Fiona Morris, Todd Austin
Director οf Photography: David Gopsill
Make Up: Christine Vidler, Shaunna Harrison, Louise Coles
Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Conductor: David Lloyd-Jones
Recorded live in 2012 in high definition (HD 1080p) at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London
Duration: 1:58:47 [Currently unavailable; link removed 01.11.2020]
Buy the DVD: Amazon UK | Amazon USA (Blu-ray format)