Matthew Bourne’s “Sleeping Beauty” is a visual masterpiece that extends gothic undertones into the well-designed set, lighting, costumes, overall staging and dancing itself.
Bourne’s creative ingenuity is highlighted through the utilization of Tchaikovsky’s classic music with a newer energy that is bewitching.
I like some of the contemporary twists and the passage of time that moves the story along with touches of comedy. For example, this production swaps out pointe work and classic ballet phrases for vampires and inclusion of different dance styles per act.
Special moments to look out for are the use of puppetry to portray the younger Aurora and the staging with the conveyor belt type movement effect.
This production gives you flashes of an enchanting realm beyond that might leave you shivering with delicious horror or give you lovely pieces of dreams.
Go see the production of “Sleeping Beauty” at the Ahmanson Theatre that closes Dec. 1 and experience it yourself.
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