Full Original Cast Set for US Tour of MATTHEW BOURNE'S SLEEPING BEAUTY at New York City Center, 10/23-11/3
New York City Center has announced full casting for the New York premiere of Matthew Bourne's SLEEPING BEAUTY, which runs October 23 - November 3, 2013 at City Center (West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues).
Matthew Bourne said "I am delighted to announce that we will be bringing the entire original cast with us on this much anticipated tour of the USA. I am passionate about fresh, young dance talent and this company of New Adventures performers represents the finest actor/dancers working in the UK today. It has been my dream for many years to complete this Tchaikovsky trilogy of masterworks, and I couldn't be more proud to share this particular piece with American audiences, as part of my company's 25th Anniversary celebrations."
Matthew Bourne's SLEEPING BEAUTY sees the choreographer return to the music of Tchaikovsky to complete the trio of the composer's ballet masterworks that started in 1992 with Nutcracker! and, most famously, in 1995, with the international hit Swan Lake. Bourne's haunting new scenario is a gothic tale for all ages; the traditional tale of good vs. evil and rebirth is turned upside-down, creating a supernatural love story, set across the decades, that even the passage of time itself cannot hinder.
Perrault's timeless fairy tale, about a young girl cursed to sleep for one hundred years, was turned into a legendary ballet by Tchaikovsky and choreographer, Marius Petipa, in 1890. Bourne takes this date as his starting point, setting the Christening of Aurora, the story's heroine, in the year of the ballet's first performance; the height of the Fin-de-Siecle period when fairies, vampires and decadent opulence fed the gothic imagination. As Aurora grows into a young woman, we move forwards in time to the more rigid, uptight Edwardian era; a mythical golden age of long Summer afternoons, croquet on the lawn and new dance crazes. Years later, awakening from her century long slumber, Aurora finds herself in the modern day; a world more mysterious and wonderful than any fairy story.
Matthew Bourne's new scenario introduces several characters not seen in Petipa's famous ballet or Grimm's fairy tale. The Royal Family is headed byKing Benedict and Queen Eleanor. Princess Aurora's romantic interest is not a Prince, but the royal gamekeeper, Leo. Representing the central forces of good and evil are Count Lilac ("the King of the Fairies") and the Dark Fairy Carabosse. In another innovation, Bourne has created the character ofCaradoc, the sinister but charming son of Carabosse. Princess Aurora's Fairy Godparents are named Ardor, Hibernia, Autumnus, Feral and Tantrum.
Creating the central role of 'Aurora' in this new production are HANNAH VASSALLO and ASHLEY SHAW. Hannah co-created the role of 'Kim' in New Adventures' Edward Scissorhands, and has played leading roles in The Car Man, Nutcracker! and Play Without Words. She also played 'Baby' in the West End production of Dirty Dancing for over two years. Ashley made her debut with New Adventures in Swan Lake in 2009 and has since played the title role in Matthew Bourne's Cinderella and 'Sugar' in Nutcracker!
The leading role of 'Leo' was created by DOMINIC NORTH and CHRIS TRENFIELD. Dominic holds the distinction of appearing in more New Adventures productions than any other dancer (Sleeping Beauty will be his 9th production with Matthew Bourne) and was most recently seen in the 25thAnniversary Triple Bill, Early Adventures. He was also nominated as "Outstanding Male Dancer" at The National Dance Awards for his performance asEdward Scissorhands. Christopher was last year seen as 'Tony' in Play Without Words and in the title role in Nutcracker!. He has also played 'The Swan/Stranger' in Bourne's Swan Lake, a role to which he will return at Sadlers Wells Theatre, London, this Christmas.
'Count Lilac' will be portrayed by one of New Adventures' most accomplished performers CHRISTOPHER MARNEY, and in his debut in a leading role for New Adventures, LIAM MOWER. Christopher was most recently seen in the highly successful Triple Bill, Early Adventures. He created the role of 'Cyril Vane' in Dorian Gray, has played 'The Prince' in Swan Lake and 'The Angel' in Bourne's Cinderella in 2010. Liam is the Olivier Award-winning original star of the West End hit Billy Elliott. Joining New Adventures in 2011 upon graduation from The Rambert School to appear in Nutcracker!, he has also recently appeared in Play Without Words.