WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake [blu-ray]

Release Date: 06/26/2012 
Label:  Kultur Video   Catalog #: 4841  
Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 59 Mins. 

In Stock: Usually ships in 24 hours.  
On sale! $39.99
Blu-ray Video:  $18.49
In Stock

Notes and Editorial Reviews

This Blu-ray Disc is only playable on Blu-ray Disc players and not compatible with standard DVD players.

Also available on standard DVD

Leopard Films, from Sadler's Wells Theatre Presents a New Adventures production

When it premiered at Sadler's Wells in 1995, Matthew Bourne's triumphant modern re-interpretation of SWAN LAKE turned tradition upside down, taking the dance world by storm. Now firmly crowned as a modern day classic, this iconic production is perhaps best-known for replacing the traditional female corps de ballet with a menacing male ensemble.

Matthew Bourne blends dance, humor and spectacle with
Read more extravagant, award-winning designs by Lez Brotherston, to create a provocative and powerful Swan Lake for our times.

Collecting over 30 international theatre awards including three Tonys, SWAN LAKE has been acclaimed as a landmark achievement on the international stage. It has become the longest running ballet in the West End and on Broadway and enjoyed four hugely successful tours in the UK, thrilling audiences all over the world.

Richard Winsor - The Swan / Stranger
Dominic North - The Prince
Nina Goldman - The Queen
Madelaine Brennan - The Girlfriend
Steve Kirkham - The Private Secretary
Joseph Vaughan - The Young Prince

Music - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Director and Choreographer - Matthew Bourne

Set & Costume Designer - Lez Brotherston

Region: All
Running Time: 119 minutes
Color: Color
Format: 16:9 Widescreen, LPCM/Dolby 5.1
Read less

Works on This Recording

Swan Lake, Op. 20 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875-1876; Russia 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Mathew Burne's "Swan Lake" A superb production.  December 8, 2012 By Luke Bryant (Oakleigh South, Victoria) See All My Reviews "This version may not be yours if you are homophobic. Matthew Bourne's "Swan Lake” may shock you, especially if you only accept religious beliefs as correct. I do not. With the above clarified, I totally enjoyed Bourne's version of Tchaikovsky’s music ballet “Swan Lake” with male-on-male dance partners in a darker than dark plot. The program begins with a series of very humorous set pieces - the little boy Prince (Not Princess) is bullied by his mother. Later, the older Prince becomes infatuated with an embarrassingly sluttish girl, much to mother's dismay, before following her to a sleazy 1940s/50s Nightclub. In a while, the drunken Prince finds himself stumbling along the waterfront to a park where the swans (all male) come out to dance, whereupon he falls in love with the lead male swan (Odette/Odile) and we all know what happens next, don’t we? However, in reality, swans are not pleasant, but vicious pecking creatures. The dancing, costumes etc. are impressive. The total is well worth the two hours without a break for anyone with an open mind and a lover of ballet. This Blue-ray disc is highly recommended for its widescreen staging diversity and 5.1 sound qualities. Luke Bryant." Report Abuse
Review This Title