Nobody, but nobody, fuses together pop culture references, storytelling and populist dance quite like the fabulous Matthew Bourne. There is a reason people flock in droves to see his work, including those who are immune to dance's charms—he is simply a master craftsman. He is Britain's best-loved choreographer. This double Olivier Award-winning production is simply superb, and his company New Adventures are at the top of their game. “The Red Shoes” is arguably the most fully-formed production of his career to date.
Ashley Shaw and Sam Archer in Matthew Bourne's “The Red Shoes.” Photograph by Johan Persson
One way to get to know the history of a company is through the “liner notes” of its “Swan Lake” production, and for those of us continuing to build an admiring familiarity with Pacific Northwest Ballet via its digital season offerings, Kent Stowell and Francia Russell’s “Swan Lake” provides an interesting glimpse into PNB prior to Peter Boal’s leadership.FREE ARTICLE