Matthew Bourne Tony Award Winner Swan Lake to Dance Across America on 2006 Tour

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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.
Cast of Broadway's Swan Lake.
Cast of Broadway's Swan Lake.

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

Bourne's Swan Lake goes against 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 the Bourne Tony Awards for direction and choreography. Swan Lake was 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 the mindset of theatregoers with his stagings of Cinderella (Evening Standard Award), The Car Man (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 (Olivier Award as well as his Play Without Words), My Fair Lady, South Pacific and the upcoming stage version of "Edward Scissorhands."

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