DANCE: “Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty: A Gothic Romance” @ Proctors, 10/15/13

October 16th, 2013, 4:00 pm by Greg

Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty: A Gothic Romance @ Proctors

Review by Greg Haymes

Like all good fairy tales, “Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty” begins with “Once upon a time,” and it ends with “They all lived happily ever after.”

In between, plenty happens that the Brothers Grimm, Tchaikovsky and even Walt Disney never saw coming.

Now, I don’t know bupkis about dance, and I’m certainly not about to pretend that I do, so if you’re looking for a more dance-centric evaluation of the production that runs through Sunday at Proctors in Schenectady, I suggest that you look elsewhere. (Scroll to the bottom of this review for second opinions.)

As an evening of theater, however, “Sleeping Beauty” will definitely not put you to sleep. British director-choreographer-writer Matthew Bourne had a bold, brash vision for this fairy tale, and his 24-member New Adventures dance company breathe eye-popping life into it onstage. This is a ballet for people who think that they don’t like ballet. It’s a stunning visual feast – especially the sumptuous sets and costume designs of Lez Brotherston. Just sit back, and let it all wash over you.

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