Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Day 219: Matthew Bourne's Cinderella

This morning I ate my breakfast whilst watching BBC Breakfast and was introduced to Matthew Bourne. I'd never heard heard of him before, but as a creative blogger, I thought, what better person to inspire you all to get creative.

Matthew Bourne is a dance choreographer and has directed shows such as Swan Lake, Edward Scissorhands and Dorian Grey. His production of Swan Lake in particular was by no means ordinary. His use of Male dancers as the swans brought much controversy to his ballet, but with that comes interest. Mr Bourne, it would appear, is all about bringing in the new.

To add to his varied collection, currently showing in London is his latest creation, Cinderella. There's a twist (of course) to this classic fairytale. It's set in London during the Blitz (Wartime England). Take a peek at this brooding, atmospheric ballet below. I don't know about you, but it certainly makes me want to crack out a ballet step or two (and that's from someone who hasn't done ballet since the age of 5!)

Bourne didn't start training as a dancer until he was 22, which is pretty late in dance. I guess that means there's hope for all of us. It's never too late to start working toward your creative passion. Now possibly the most popular choreographer in Britain, Matthew Bourne is entertaining people all over the world with his creative skills. What an inspiration! add another sprinkle of inspiration, you can get involved with his Rebourne workshops! Check out New Adventures, his company for loads more cool stuff he's got going on.

Cinderella is on at London Sadler's Wells Dance House until 23rd January and then goes on tour around Britain. See here for more details. even if dance isn't your thing, check out this amazing man's creations and get inspired to do your creative thing, your way...

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