Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake…The Legend Returns

Max Westwell in Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake.                                                                     Photo by Johan Persson.

by Valerie Summers

After four or five curtain calls for the Swan Lake performing artists, with the audience still on their feet and applauding enthusiastically, the final curtain came down.  This was not the Swan Lake that audiences have enjoyed since 1875 originally performed by the Bolshoi Ballet Company in Moscow. Although the glorious music created by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky remained the same, this spectacular presentation choreographed and directed by Matthew Bourne offered a new and very different Swan Lake featuring a menacing masculine ensemble…feathers and all.  The featured swan, Will Bozier, performed with authoritative grace with one particular soaring leap into the air that literally took my breath away.

The stunning scenes transported the audience into the Prince’s bedroom, the palace, opera house, the lake and other swanky venues, but also peeked inside a seedy night club and went on to a not very classy street scene.   The sets and costumes brilliantly designed by Lez Brotherston featured the male corps enveloped in feathers from the waist down while the royal family donned appropriately elegant garments. Exquisitely costumed dancers representing several European countries contributed to the royals entertainment. Comic relief was offered by The Girlfriend, a pushy blond, way out of her league.

Glorious music, dance, costumes, scenery and an outstanding, talented corps of dancers.  It is a must see.


Thru January 5, 2020

Ahmanson Theatre

135 N. Grand

Los Angeles

(213) 922-4400