1999 Tony Winner: Matthew Bourne (Direction, Musical, Swan Lake)

Tony Awards   1999 Tony Winner: Matthew Bourne (Direction, Musical, Swan Lake)
 
Matthew Bourne has won a Tony for his direction of Swan Lake. Bourne is the Artistic Director of Adventures in Motion Pictures and graduated from the Laban Centre in 1985 with a degree in Dance/Theatre, spending a further year touring with Transitions Dance Company. He was a founder member of AMP at its launch in July 1987, and his stage works for the company include Overlap Lovers (1987), Spitfire (1988), Buck and Wing (1988), The Infernal Gallop (1989), Town & Country (1991), The Nutcracker (1992), Deadly Serious (1992), The Percys of Fitzrovia (1992), Highland Fling (1994), Swan Lake (1996) and Cinderella (1997).

Tony winners Matthew Bourne and Robert Falls.
Tony winners Matthew Bourne and Robert Falls. Photo by Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Matthew Bourne has won a Tony for his direction of Swan Lake. Bourne is the Artistic Director of Adventures in Motion Pictures and graduated from the Laban Centre in 1985 with a degree in Dance/Theatre, spending a further year touring with Transitions Dance Company. He was a founder member of AMP at its launch in July 1987, and his stage works for the company include Overlap Lovers (1987), Spitfire (1988), Buck and Wing (1988), The Infernal Gallop (1989), Town & Country (1991), The Nutcracker (1992), Deadly Serious (1992), The Percys of Fitzrovia (1992), Highland Fling (1994), Swan Lake (1996) and Cinderella (1997).

His TV work for AMP includes "Late Flowering Lust" with Nigel Hawthorne (BBC/TV 1993) and "Drip-A Narcissistic Love Story" (BBC TV/Arts Council for the Camera 1993).

As well as creating many roles in his own work, Bourne has also worked with choreographers Ashley Page, Jacob Marley and Brigitte Farges and was a founder member of Lea Anderson's The Featherstonehaughs (1988).

Bourne has won several awards for his choreography, including a Bonnie Bird award, a Place Portfolio commission and a Barclays New Stages Award. AMP has three times been nominated for an Olivier Award: in 1992 for the year's Outstanding Achievement in Dance, in 1994 for Best New Dance Production, and in 1996 (a winner) for this production of Swan Lake.

Choreography for other companies includes As You Like It (John Caird, RSC 1989), Children of Eden (John Caird/Stephen Schwartz, Prince Edward Theatre, 1990), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Britten/Robert Carden, Aix-en Provence Festival 1991/92), The Tempest (Nick Hedges, National Youth Theatre 1991), Show Boat (Malmo Stadsteater Sweden 1991), Peer Gynt (Yukio Ninagawa, Barbican and Tour 1994), Watch With Mother (National Youth Dance Company 1994), Cameron Mackintosh's new production of Oliver! (Sam Mendes, London Palladium 1994), Watch Your Step (Irving Berlin Gala, Her Majesty's Theatre 1995), "Boutique" (Images of Dance 1995) and "Roald Dahl's Red Riding Hood" starring Julie Walters and Danny De Vito (BBC TV 1995). His version of Prokofiev's Cinderella will play at the Ahmanson in L.A. this Spring.

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