Bourne's SWAN LAKE Returns to New York @ NY City Center Oct. 13 - Nov. 17


Matthew Bourne'S SWAN LAKE, the triumphant modern re-interpretation of the legendary ballet, turned tradition upside down and took both the theater and dance worlds by storm when it arrived on Broadway in 1998 and went on to win three Tony Awards® and five Drama Desk Awards.

Produced by New York City Center, Sadler's Wells Theater London and Back Row Productions, the groundbreaking and multi-award-winning international hit production will return to New York for a strictly limited run October 13 - November 7, 2010 at New York City Center (West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues).

Tickets for Matthew Bourne'S SWAN LAKE go on sale on Monday, June 7th at the New York City Center Box Office, through CityTix at 212-581-1212, or online at Tickets are $110 (Orchestra and Grand Tier); $85 (Orchestra, Grand Tier and Mid-Mezzanine); $50 (Mid-Mezzanine and Rear Mezzanine) and $25 (Orchestra and Rear Mezzanine).

Matthew Bourne blends dance, humor and spectacle with extravagant, award-winning set and costume designs by Lez Brotherston and lighting design by Rick Fisher, to create a provocative and powerful Swan Lake for our times. Now firmly crowned as a modern-day classic, this iconic production is perhaps best known for replacing the traditional female corps de ballet with a menacing male ensemble.

Collecting over 30 international theater awards, Matthew Bourne'S SWAN LAKE has been acclaimed as a landmark achievement on the international stage. It has become the longest running ballet in the West End and on Broadway and enjoyed four hugely successful tours in the UK and thrilled audiences all over the world.

Tony Award® winning creator and New Adventures artistic director Matthew Bourne said: "Can it really be over a decade ago that my production of Swan Lake was on Broadway? A memorable experience that culminated in our winning three Tony Awards®. An incredible journey for a piece that started out as a government subsidized project that was seen as, at best, a creative gamble and, at worst, an outrageous folly! Of course, this was before people had seen the power and the majesty of our now famous male swans. I am happy to say that that journey has since continued and Swan Lake has been seen all over the world, inspiring young (particularly male) dancers and creating an unprecedented new audience for dance.

I remember at the Tony Awards®, when I won my second award of the evening for Best Director of a Musical, looking down at the award and saying incredulously ‘Best Director of a Musical that isn't a musical?' I was of course alluding to the fact that the show was deemed ineligible for Best Musical. What I forgot to say at the time was that although Swan Lake is probably not a musical, it is certainly musical theater, and this has been borne out over the years with its incredible cross-over popularity. I am particularly delighted to be returning to New York with my own New Adventures company, which features a cast of homegrown stars who have worked in many of my productions over the last decade.

I have never stopped working on Swan Lake. It has never become frozen as a show but has, I believe, gotten richer and more heartfelt. In fact, this current production features, in my opinion, the finest company that has ever performed the piece. I am thrilled to be co-presented at New York's famed City Center by my producers: Back Row Productions, who have produced Swan Lake all over the world since 2005; London's legendary dance house, Sadler's Wells; and New York City Center, one of New York's leading presenters and producers of both dance and musical theater. I am truly excited at the prospect of Swan Lake's return to New York and performing, once again, to the best audiences in the world."

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