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Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake
     

Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake

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Director: Matthew Bourne, Peter Mumford

Cast: Adam Cooper, Scott Ambler

 
As conceived, directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne and mounted by the contemporary dance ensemble Adventures in Motion Pictures, this 1996 stage production constitutes a revisionist version of Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky's 1877 ballet Swan Lake. The production made headlines with an unusual trope that involved the enlistment of an all-male cast of swans.

Overview

As conceived, directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne and mounted by the contemporary dance ensemble Adventures in Motion Pictures, this 1996 stage production constitutes a revisionist version of Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky's 1877 ballet Swan Lake. The production made headlines with an unusual trope that involved the enlistment of an all-male cast of swans. The principals dancers include Adam Cooper as The Swan, Scott Ambler as The Prince and Fiona Chadwick as The Queen. The New London Orchestra provides musical accompaniment under the baton of David Lloyd-Jones; Lez Brotherston designed the sets.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/29/2010
UPC:
0032031463196
Original Release:
1996
Source:
Kultur Video
Region Code:
0
Sound:
[stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:58:00
Sales rank:
64,150

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake
1. The Prince's Bedroom [6:10]
2. A Large Hall In the Palace [6:56]
3. The Girlfriend [3:54]
4. An Opera House [8:29]
5. The Prince's Private Quarters [3:16]
6. A Private Soho Club [5:22]
7. Outside the Club [5:46]
8. A City Park [11:26]
9. The Royal Ball [5:57]
10. The Prince's Bedroom [8:37]
11. Apotheosis [2:33]

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Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To me, this is the definitive version of Bourne's 'Swan Lake' with the dream cast. The duets of Cooper and Ambler, as well as Cooper and Chadwick, are the highlights are are notable for their naturalistic and emotional acting/dancing. There is as much chemistry between the two men as between the male and female couple. Cooper pretty much dominates any scene he inhabits and conveys the full force of the Swan (Odette) and it's doppelganger, the Stranger (Odile): both the affectionate/sensuous character of the former and the dangerous/erotic character of the latter. This DVD gives you a sense of why this version of Swan Lake made such a huge impact on the theater and dance world, although it was probably even better seen live. The unique Bourne re-interpretation of the story has a psychological dimension that adds tremendously to our emotional connection to the characters and Prokofiev's music. In my opinion, the quality of the dancing and acting is much higher in the 1996 version than in the 2010 version, so this is the one to watch.