One of the world’s most acclaimed ballet productions is set to glide into Aberdeen.
Sir Matthew Bourne’s legendary Swan Lake will thrill North-east audiences during a week-long run at His Majesty’s Theatre this October as part of a new UK tour.
This re-imagining of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet is best known for replacing the female corps-de-ballet with a menacing male ensemble.
Sir Matthew’s version took the dance world by storm when it was first staged in 1995 at Sadler’s Wells, a performing arts venue in London, shunning convention and turning tradition on its head.
The witty and moving production became the longest running ballet in the West End and on Broadway and won more than 30 international awards, including three Tonys.
It also captured the public’s imagination, even featuring in the final scenes of the hugely popular film Billy Elliot.
Erica Banks, communications officer with Aberdeen Performing Arts, said Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake will win over new fans in its latest outing.
She said: “It’s a now classic dance work that has been seen by millions of people around the world.
“Audiences love its energy, sense of fun, and the passion it brings to Swan Lake and we’re sure Aberdeen theatre fans will flock to see it.”
The producers, New Adventures, say Swan Lake is returning in 2018 with a “fresh look for the 21st Century” but retaining the iconic and ground-breaking elements of the original production.
Sir Matthew said he came up with his vision of the classic after he “daydreamed through many performances of Swan Lake”.
He thought the traditional ballerinas in tutus only depicted one aspect of swans, their gliding on water.
“I wondered what it would be like to use male dancers and bring out swans’ aggressive, muscular side,” he said.
“I was very influenced by Alfred Hitchcock’s film The Birds.”
Now Sir Matthew is one of the UK’s most successful choreographers and directors, his other works include The Car Man, Highland Fling and Edward Scissorhands.
Sir Matthew’s Swan Lake will be at His Majesty’s from Tuesday, October 23, to Saturday, October 27, and tickets for the show will go on sale soon.