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  Matthew Bourne - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Matthew was born on 13 January 1960 in London.
Bourne's first professional stage production was Overlap Lovers.
In 2004 he was awarded an OBE and in February 2005 won an Olivier Award for his choreography in the stage production of Mary Poppins.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Matthew_Bourne   (355 words)

 B.co Interview with Matthew Bourne
The Matthew Bourne that is being unwrapped before me is a very different creature to the drug crazed, kinky sex mad rebel of the public's perception.
Bourne's latest surprise hit at the National Theatre, where the young Bourne once worked as an usher, is a dance/mime based on Joseph Losey's 1963 film, The Servant.
Bourne's firm grasp of period ephemera and the use of three dancer/actors portraying the same character simultaneously produced a many layered sophisticated kaleidoscope that was quintessentially English as well as a huge critical and audience success.
www.ballet.co.uk /magazines/yr_02/nov02/interview_matthew_bourne.htm   (1157 words)

 Vilnius Jazz Festival
Matthew Bourne was born on October 6th, 1977 in the Red Lion Pub, Avebury, Wiltshire.
Bourne was also involved in the College's contemporary music ensemble playing Cage, Feldman and Andrissen and was the soloist in Michael Daugherty's Piano concerto 'Tombeau de Liberace' and Cage's 'Concerto for Prepared Piano and Orchestra'.
At his last year at college Bourne received guidance from Jonty Stockdale, who managed to convince him that he wasn't crazy, and that it was ok to scream and play the piano with his feet if he wanted to.
www.vilniusjazz.lt /2004/bourne.htm   (1033 words)

 BBC - Blast - Dance Artist Profile - Matthew Bourne   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Matthew was the Artistic Director of 'Adventures in Motion Pictures' from 1987 until 2002, which became one of the UK's most ground-breaking performance companies.
In the 2001 Matthew was awarded an OBE for services to dance and in 2003 he given the prestigious 'Hamburg Shakespeare Award for the Arts'.
Matthew's future plans include the world stage premier of his adaptation of Tim Burton's film 'Edward Scissorhands' and in 2004 his now legendary production of 'Swan Lake' will return to the UK for it national tour.
www.bbc.co.uk /blast/dance/profiles/danceprofile_mbourne.shtml   (501 words)

 American Theater Web - Find theaters, Broadway shows, and musicals
Matthew Bourne's mix of dance/theater has been called "dance for people who don't like dance." This puts those who do like dance in a bit of a bind.
Matthew Bourne Joseph Losey's homage to London in the Swinging 60's is a swirling stage play written in suggestive shrugs, tangled limbs and smoldering glances.
Matthew Bourne's mutely erotic treatment of Joseph Losey's 1963 film "The Servant" is more than a novel way to rework familiar source material for the stage.
www.americantheaterweb.com /news/pressbook.asp?id=5801614   (247 words)

 Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
From Clara’s initial roll-in-the-hay with the shirtless, hairy-chested Philbert, the orphan who becomes the Nutcracker, who becomes the unattainable man of her dreams, it is clear that Bourne’s version of childhood fantasy is less the point-of-view of a little girl than that of a horny adolescent.
Bourne’s conceit to set things in a Dickensian orphanage is not a bad idea, but the direction, which is probably a more appropriate word to use than choreography, has adults playing children in the first act, badly.
While Matthew Bourne tells a moderately engaging story, and fills a theatre with color and life, his contribution to the dance medium is somewhat despairing, like Christmas in an orphanage.
www.culturevulture.net /Dance2/MatthewBourneNutcracker.htm   (819 words)

 londondance.com : Matthew Bourne Creates New Company
The rumoured split between Katherine Dore and Matthew Bourne has been big news across the dance scene over the summer months creating gossip, speculation and unease, but finally an official press release has confirmed the company’s plans, together with the announcement of the birth of an exciting new company.
Bourne is currently in negotiations with The National Theatre to launch the company’s inaugural production in the Lyttleton Theatre as part of their ‘Transformations’ season scheduled to take place next summer.
Says Matthew Bourne, “ I am tremendously excited by the freedom and opportunity that this new company represents for me. I chose the name ‘New Adventures’ because of its combination of an obvious link with the past and the promise of exciting things to come.
www.londondance.com /news_details.asp?NewsID=6635   (524 words)

 Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake (Matthew Bourne) on DVD   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Swan Lake became an unexpected popular hit when radical choreographer Matthew Bourne took Tchaikovsky's traditional ballet by the scruff of the neck and reworked it with a myriad of modern influences and themes to astonishing effect.
Bourne has stressed the universality of his interpretation, which proved such a success for his Adventures in Motion Pictures dance company.
Its universal threads -- as Bourne suggests, the need to be held and understood is common to us all -- are synthesized in the utterly moving conclusion as the Swan cradles the lifeless Prince and raises him to a better place.
www.crimsonbird.com /cgi-bin/a.cgi?j=B00004CWO8   (268 words)

 BBC - Coventry and Warwickshire Music - Matthew Bourne Trio
Coventry Jazz were inspired to invite the Matthew Bourne Trio from Leeds to Warwick Art Centre on Saturday, 25 January.
Matthew Bourne, laureate of the Perrier Young Musician Award in 2001 and of BBC Jazz Innovation Award in 2002, also pursues an independent solo career which has impressed musicians, the public and critics.
By contrast, during a double bass solo, he changed the expressive capability of his instrument, plucking and striking the strings in a post-Cagean mode, discretely entering in a subtle dialogue with the bass, and the drummer on rattles.
www.bbc.co.uk /coventry/music/stories/2003/01/matthew-bourne-trio.shtml   (600 words)

 Matthew Bourne Review from Ballet.co
Created in 1994, Bourne has re worked his “romantic wee ballet” and what we see during its current three month UK tour is now, in dance terms, his most rewarding production.
As usual Bourne strains to make the fey story relevant as the poetic notion of the fairy’s kiss seducing a mortal to seek unattainable love and a tragic fate is filtered through his special universe.
Bourne now demonstrates a voice of his own in a dance language that truly creates character, atmosphere and tells a story.
www.ballet.co.uk /magazines/yr_05/apr05/jt_rev_matthew_bourne_0305.htm   (452 words)

 Ballet-Dance Magazine - Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker! - Royce Hall, UCLA, Los Angeles
Perhaps, Bourne is commenting on the fictive, performative nature of Christmas – that just as the holiday season passes, the good behavior and kindness of the season also soon passes.
Yet, even with the Wedding pas de deux’s overt conventionality, the sense that the “wrong” girl has gotten the guy flies in the face of inherited ballet wisdom which prescribes that the ballerina with the most beautiful variations deserves her Prince (and certainly not the dancer who only dances a few character variations).
Bourne's "Nutcracker!" stands not so much in an alternative relationship to the conventional "Nutcracker" as a contestatory one (a sort of "Nutcracker" anti-masque).
www.ballet-dance.com /200501/articles/BourneNutcracker20041221.html   (1631 words)

 criticaldance.com : AMP in Los Angeles, 2001
Bourne's boyish good looks and charm put one immediately at ease - and belie his true age of 40.
Bourne and company were not immediately aware of the powerful drama they were creating with their male swans and lonely prince.
Dancers express their opinions too, on what is working or not and after notes they all go through spacing on stage, fine-tuning the performance in anticipation of the big opening night.
www.criticaldance.com /amp-la2001/mbourne.html   (448 words)

 The New York Times > Theater > News & Features > Matthew Bourne Does the Horizontal Ballet
Bourne's brand of storytelling through dance - in which the themes are adult and the sex is fully acknowledged - has made his work hugely popular in Britain.
Bourne substitute alarmingly aggressive male swans for the dainty females of the usual "Swan Lake" scenario, but also, by making them figments of the Prince's homoerotic imagination instead of victims of a sorcerer's enchantment, he turned the plot into a gripping interior drama of repression and release.
Bourne is in the process of morphing from one to the other, or blending them into some new job.
www.nytimes.com /2005/03/13/theater/newsandfeatures/13Gree.html?ex=1268456400&en=59629e3f6c474784&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt   (789 words)

 Critical Dance Interview: Matthew Bourne
Bourne says he plans to expand the original cast of seven to eleven and with swings it will make a company of fifteen, affording two alternate casts.
While this piece was Bourne's first endeavor at a more tragic tale, his ability to balance out humor with pathos and drama in inventive and clever ways keeps it, like all of his stories, well rounded and full of surprises.
Bourne says of 'Highland Fling,' "It has always been one of the more 'dancey' pieces I've done and for that reason alone I think there is a very strong case for reviving it.
www.ballet-dance.com /200408/articles/matthewbourne.html   (2228 words)

 Guys and Swans/L.A.Times
Matthew Bourne and his mainly male birds brace for the American debut of their controversial 'Swan Lake.' They can't smoke inside on breaks, but they can go to Venice Beach on down time.
Bourne and AMP have already established one beachhead--they've managed to turn their update of the 100-year-old "Swan Lake" into a six-month phenomenon in London's dog-eat-dog West End theater district.
Bourne, after a year of "thinking through the scenes and relationships and what the characters are like," focused on the Prince.
www.dance90210.com /swaninter.html   (2247 words)

 Knitting Circle Matthew Bourne   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Bourne has evolved a musical theatre genre without words but every twist and turn is signalled with metaphorical subtitles.
What made Bourne's take on Tchaikovsky 's 100-year-old score so riveting was the way his new storyline fitted the music's emotional sinews like a second skin.
Although he maintains that Bourne 'polishes off his scores with the sensitivity of Sweenet Todd', and that his dance numbers are 'laboured rather than feliticious', Crisp nonetheless allows that AMP has some virtues.
www.sbu.ac.uk /~stafflag/matthewbourne.html   (1101 words)

 Matthew Bourne - the electric dr m - Jazz Review
Bourne, recipient of the 2001 Perrier Young Musician Award and 2002 BBC Jazz Innovation Award, has been making a name for himself with solo concerts that borrow liberally from sources as diverse as The Beatles, John Coltrane and Annette Peacock.
Bourne’s main axe is the Fender Rhodes, and he creates textures reminiscent of Zawinul’s early work with Weather Report.
Bourne clearly has a vision; time will tell if it is a lasting one.
www.indiejazz.com /IJ-review-mat-bourne-electric-drm.aspx   (474 words)

 Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
One of his earliest pieces of choreography, Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker is also one of his most charming and imaginative.
Along the way, Bourne finds charming and sexy ways to make all of the well-known genre moments of the score fresh and new--the Chinese dancers are a bunch of daffy marshmallow girls in pink, for example, whose dance is all strutting cuteness.
There is a truly stunning transformation scene at the beginning of the waltz, which like much else in the score becomes a complex ensemble in which all the character dancers have their own things to do.
www.hallmovies.com /store-uk/dvd-uk_B0000Z0HYE_Matthew-Bourne's-Nutcracker.html   (447 words)

 Advocate, The: Bourne to be wild: Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake may look gay, but the British choreographer says there's ...
Mix with mime, dance, and a few female principals, and you have Matthew Bourne's extraordinary Swan Lake, which may be the most overtly gay version of the classic ballet ever seen.
In Bourne's version of Tchaikovsky's masterpiece, a solitary prince finds solace in the vision of a male swan rather than the female swan that has entranced audiences for centuries.
One of Bourne's earliest pieces, Spitfire, is a dance for four men "modeled on the ballerinas' pas de quatre-tutu thing," which caused quite a stir in his homeland.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m1589/is_n771/ai_21271351   (667 words)

 Theater News - Feature: Bourne in the U.S.A. - Matthew Bourne discusses his Play Without Words, now on view at BAM.
Bourne says that he stumbled upon the concept when he started exploring the relationship of master and servant in a workshop; he asked three sets of actors to improvise on the idea of one person assisting another.
Bourne doesn't always stick to this triple vision; sometimes the story moves forward conventionally with just one person playing the role, then it may double up or unfold in triplicate.
Bourne feels that "actions often speak louder than words, and often, the actual dialogue is not telling you what is really going on.
www.theatermania.com /content/news.cfm/story/5768   (1271 words)

 BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Arts | Musicians condemn Bourne ballet
Matthew Bourne was unavailable and a spokesperson for his dance company, New Adventures, declined to comment.
"Matthew Bourne is one of the world's leading choreographers and we were keen to support a tour that would take his work into and outside London," said its director of press and public affairs, David McNeill.
"Matthew Bourne is brilliant at what he does on stage, but he really needs to look harder at the music he uses to accompany it," Mr Trubridge said.
news.bbc.co.uk /go/newsFeedXML/moreover/-/1/hi/entertainment/arts/4149133.stm   (475 words)

 Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake - L.A. Times Review
Dance review: Matthew Bourne's reinterpretation of the classic ballet is an audacious, unforgettable spectacle in which the male corps really soar.
In fact, Bourne's secret weapon is intensity, and in its first three minutes alone his uniquely audacious and unforgettable reinterpretation delivers more of it than most traditional stagings generate in their whole first hour.
Nineteenth century Romanticism, after all, was never merely winged sylphs or sprites flitting through the forest (an image that Bourne satirizes in a sensational comic ballet within the ballet), but rather a violent rejection of a corrupt status quo in favor of a passionate immersion in dreams, drugs, the irrational and the supernatural.
www.dance90210.com /swansegal.html   (749 words)

 BBC - Jazz Review - Matthew Bourne, The Electric Dr M
Bourne's use of electronics mirrors the deep space blipscapes of Patrick Gleeson, while filtered loops and samples give a 21st century edginess.
Bourne's agile, economical electric piano sounds gorgeous; fed through delays, he freezes chords or tiny licks and pushes them into dubspace, sometimes digging in for Zawinul -esque vamps or lush chordal ripplings.
Despite their American influences, Bourne and co have something different about them; it's the kind of openness and humour you'd find in UK jazz of 30 years ago, where freeform meanderings rubbed shoulders with rock vamps and modal blowing.
www30.thdo.bbc.co.uk /music/jazz/reviews/bourne_doctorm.shtml   (734 words)

 Matthew Bourne: The Entertainer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Based on the 1963 film “The Servant,” “Play Without Words,” which represents another of director and choreographer Matthew Bourne’s efforts to communicate clearly the intent of his dance work, is coming to BAM this month.
British director and choreographer Matthew Bourne wowed audiences on both sides of the Atlantic with his famous “Swan Lake” featuring all male swans, winning the 1999 Tony for both choreography and direction.
Bourne spoke with Gay City News recently in New York, fresh from winning the Olivier Award—the West End’s Tony––for best choreography with Stephen Mear for Cameron Mackintosh’s production of “Mary Poppins,” a huge hit at the Prince Edward Theatre.
www.gaycitynews.com /gcn_410/matthewbourne.html   (1688 words)

 A new 'Nutcracker' that breaks with tradition? Yes!
Bourne approached his story with the theater sense that marks all his work.
Bourne bought a "vent" of his own, called Leslie, and brought it to rehearsals.
Bourne has taken inspiration from movies and in turn he has given inspiration to them.
www.sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2004/11/23/DDG059UMTO1.DTL   (1288 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: DVD: Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake [1996]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
This Swan Lake was the unexpected popular hit of 1996, when radical choreographer Matthew Bourne took Tchaikovsky's traditional ballet by the scruff of the neck and reworked it with a myriad of modern influences and themes to astonishing effect.
Its universal threads--as Bourne suggests, the need to be held and understood is common to us all--are synthesised in the utterly moving conclusion as the Swan cradles the lifeless Prince and raises him to a better place.
Matthew Bourne has brought one of ballets classics up to date with his fabulously modern and entertaining version of Swan Lake.
www.amazon.co.uk /exec/obidos/ASIN/B00004CWO8   (1100 words)

 Guardian Unlimited | Arts features | Stars of Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake talk about the revival
In 1995 Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake made its cast famous.
His creative involvement in developing the Bourne roles also re-engaged his interest in choreography, and both strands have combined in his work for musicals.
It was while he was doing some freelance teaching for Bourne that the choreographer asked him to audition for his revival of The Nutcracker.
www.guardian.co.uk /arts/features/story/0,11710,1367842,00.html   (877 words)

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