Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake to Tour North America in 2006

Classic Arts News   Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake to Tour North America in 2006
As Matthew Bourne enjoys the current stateside debut of his Play Without Words at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, producers announced a North American tour of his Tony Award-winning staging of Swan Lake to kick off in 2006.

The 10th-anniversary tour will begin in January 2006 at Tempe, Arizona, and make stops in Minneapolis, Denver, Detroit, San Francisco, Toronto, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and other cities to be announced.

Bourne's Swan Lake upends the traditional ballet, which usually features females in tutus, instead casting a bold, all-male take on the swan-focused fantasy work. The work—which is set to the famous Tchaikovsky score—debuted in London in 1995 and landed on Broadway in 1998, earning Bourne Tony Awards for direction and choreography. Swan Lake has been televised on PBS' Great Performances and featured in the film Billy Elliot.

Back Row Productions and NETworks Presentations will present the tour in association with New Adventures. The production will play with an international company of 38 dancers with set and costume designs by Lez Brotherson and lighting by Rick Fisher.

Bourne danced his way into theatrical prominence with his stagings of Cinderella, which won an Evening Standard Award; The Car Man, which won an L.A. Drama Critics' Circle Award; and Swan Lake, which earned him an Olivier Award. Recent credits include choreography on the West End staging of Mary Poppins, My Fair Lady, South Pacific, and the upcoming stage version of Edward Scissorhands.

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