For Matthew Bourne, the "once upon a time" that introduces his new version of Sleeping Beauty is specifically 1890, the very year that Petipa premiered the work he had made to a luscious new score by Tchaikovsky.
For Matthew Bourne, the \"once upon a time\" that introduces his new version of Sleeping Beauty is specifically 1890, the very year that Petipa premiered the work he had made to a luscious new score by Tchaikovsky.
A TALE WITH TWISTS: Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty in rehearsal.
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Mary Brennan talks to Matthew Bourne
If this is a symbolic nod to the Russian origins of Sleeping Beauty as a classical ballet that is still drawing audiences worldwide, it's also a cunning device that allows Bourne to home in on three very different period styles of dance – and affords his designer Lez Brotherston a similar breadth of inspiration.
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