MATTHEW BOURNE'S EARLY ADVENTURES

Critics

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Matthew Bourne is hailed as the UK's most popular and successful Choreographer/ Director. He is the creator of the world's longest running ballet production, a five-time Olivier Award winner, and the only British director to have won the Tony Award for both Best Choreographer and Best Director of a Musical.

Matthew Bourne returns to his roots in Early Adventures, a program of hit pieces that launched the career of ‘Britain's favourite choreographer' and saw the birth of the style, wit and sheer entertainment that his company New Adventures brought to Swan LakeThe Car Man, Edward Scissorhands and Sleeping Beauty. With designs by long-time collaborator, Lez Brotherston, Early Adventures is a US premiere and forms part of the company's 30th Anniversary celebrations.

PROGRAM

Watch with Mother - Seen but not heard?: Conkers, Hopscotch, Doctors & Nurses; Children's games can be all-consuming, competitive and sometimes cruel. Based on Joyce Grenfell's famous “Nursery School” sketches (“George… Don't do that”) and set to Percy Grainger's own piano compositions and arrangements of Bach and Faure, this 1991 piece has not been seen for nearly 25 years.

Town and Country - Lie back and think of England..  Moving and hilarious, this heartfelt pastiche explores notions of national character from a bygone era through the evocative music of Edward Elgar, Noël Coward and Percy Grainger, amongst others.

The Infernal Galop - A French dance with English subtitles:  This is France as seen by the uptight English imagination, with all the traditional clichés joyously paraded for our entertainment and climaxing in Offenbach's inevitable Can-Can!

Reviews

Travis Michael Holder - Ticket Holders LA

Everything about a work by Matthew Bourne is pure magic; his work is almost tribal in its individuality, heralding a new rule-breaking form of artistic communication almost primitive in nature. And this look into his Early Adventures is like watching those indigenous ethnic tribes, long hidden in the planet's last bastions of remaining wilderness, performing their own self-evolvedconsanguineous rain dances passed down for generations. It's just what the world needs: a really good shake up to appreciate who we are and stop taking ourselves so seriously.

sweet - Travis Michael Holder - ...read full review


Travis Michael Holder - Ticket Holders LA

Everything about a work by Matthew Bourne is pure magic; his work is almost tribal in its individuality, heralding a new rule-breaking form of artistic communication almost primitive in nature. And this look into his Early Adventures is like watching those indigenous ethnic tribes, long hidden in the planet's last bastions of remaining wilderness, performing their own self-evolvedconsanguineous rain dances passed down for generations. It's just what the world needs: a really good shake up to appreciate who we are and stop taking ourselves so seriously.

sweet - Travis Michael Holder - ...read full review