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Sir Matthew Bourne

Choreographer

Sir Matthew Bourne is an important British choreographer whose provocative ballets are both intelligent and stylish. He began studying dance at age 22. In 1987 he co-founded the company Adventures in Motion Pictures and was the group’s artistic director from 1987 until 2002. He was also a charter member of the all-male dance company, The Featherstonehaughs (pronounced Fanshaws), which was formed in 1988.

Some of Bourne’s most critically acclaimed work has updated the classical ballet repertoire, infusing tradition with contemporary themes. In La Sylphide (1994), for instance, his Sylph was a drug addict. Bourne’s groundbreaking 1995 re-visioning of Swan Lake became the longest-playing dance production in the history of London’s West End. The ballet featured male dancers in the traditionally female roles of Odette and Odile and explored homoerotic themes.

In 1999 Bourne became the first British director to win two Tony Awards for Best Director and Best Choreographer in the same year for Swan Lake. In 2002 he founded the company New Adventures. Bourne has also choreographed for numerous theatre productions and has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre in London, England.

Bourne ballets in The Sarasota Ballet repertoire: BoutiqueThe Infernal Galop

†American premiere

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