Matthew Bourne

Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty

Full Episode

Sleeping Beauty is the latest re-imagining of a ballet classic by choreographer Matthew Bourne.  The award-winning production aired on Great Performances, Friday, April 25 at 9 p.m. on PBS, after a triumphant premiere in London in 2012 and a U.S. tour in the fall of 2013. (Check local listings). With Sleeping Beauty the British choreographer has returned […]

Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty

Interview: Matthew Bourne on Storytelling in Ballet

Dance history and storytelling is important to choreographer Matthew Bourne, creator of a Swan Lake with an all-male corps of Swans, and an Edward Scissorhands ballet, among other innovative productions. Known for his bold re-interpretations of classic ballets like Sleeping Beauty, he is conscious of the original versions and even “reverential about them,” he says […]

Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty

Photos of a Sleeping Beauty Like No Other

British choreographer Matthew Bourne has created a Sleeping Beauty fairy tale that drips with candle wax and vampire blood and opens its eyes to modern times. Learn more about his bold re-imagining of the Tchaikovsky ballet and enjoy this photo gallery that captures the drama of the production, premiering Friday, April 25 at 9 pm […]

Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty

Rose Adagio Duet from Sleeping Beauty

Matthew Bourne choreographs Tchaikovsky’s Rose Adagio as a playful, romantic duet between Princess Aurora (Hannah Vassallo) and the gardener Leo (Dominic North). Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty, the award-winning ballet production, airs on Great Performances, Friday, April 25 at 9 p.m. on PBS. (Check local listings).

Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty

Casting a Curse

The dark fairy Carabosse (Adam Maskell) enters the room of baby Aurora to cast a curse upon her. Aurora’s parents, a king and queen, had desperately wanted a child and had sought Carabosse’s help. But after Aurora’s arrival, her father never showed his gratitude to Carabosse. For this, the dark fairy takes her revenge, leaving […]