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Bourne has stressed the universality of his interpretation, which proved such a success for his Adventures in Motion Pictures dance company. And indeed this is never an overtly "gay" Swan Lake, although the electricity of the pas de deux at the height of Act 2 delivers a palpably homoerotic charge. Its universal threads--as Bourne suggests, the need to be held and understood is common to us all--are synthesised in the utterly moving conclusion as the Swan cradles the lifeless Prince and raises him to a better place. Swan Lake becomes a human, rather than simply romantic, tragedy.
On the DVD: Swan Lake is presented in full screen 4:3 video format and this version would certainly have benefited from widescreen to show off the dazzling court and night club scenes as well as the lake and the impact of the all-male swan corps de ballet. But the lush Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound serves the rich interpretation of Tchaikovsky's score from The New London Orchestra to handkerchief-wringing effect. Extras include menu-driven resumes and a synopsis. --Piers Ford
I loved this. I am a massive dance fan and go regularly to see classical as well contemporary ballets live, so I wasn't so sure about watching recorded dance on a dvd. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Sam
Loved Bourne`s Sleeping Beauty and was equally delighted with this performance The interpretation was fascinating and did much to breath fresh life into a much loved ballet.Published 9 months ago by Michael Poxon
This 1995 production from Adventures in Motion Pictures shows how an imaginative, daring new take on a classic work can broaden the sense of what it fundamentally is. Read morePublished 9 months ago by schumann_bg
I cannot wait coming to amazon buy this dvd after watching it in Birmingham this February. I was completely fascinated by this show that I cannot take myself out of thinking about... Read morePublished 9 months ago by KW