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Tonight's performance starring Matt Ball and Dominic North as the Prince was unsurprisingly a huge success. I went on the opening night here in Liverpool and Max Westwell  danced the Swan and Liam Mower was the Prince the performers received an immediate standing ovation then. All the dancers performed well. But Liam Mower was particularly touching. I couldn't help but feel his pain and loneliness. I of course went to the Friday and Saturday performances of Matt Ball. The prince was danced by Dominic North. And what a show we got. Matt was just fantastic, I was struck by just how beautiful his arms were/are. I would of loved to see him partnered with Liam Mower, there was just such a tragic quality to his performance that was intense. This young man is a wonderful artist. The response again was loud and enthusiastic. And I think the performers appreciated the loud applause and cheers - especially last night when (family & friends?) started to chant "oh Matty, Matty. Matty, Matty, Matty, Matty Ball". Like a football chant. It was endearing, and typical in this football crazy city. But it was an honest and heartfelt response to a son of the city. It brought a tear to my eye - and a huge grin to Matt and the dancers. An unforgettable experience.

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We went to the matinee yesterday, was amazing! We had front row seats which I wasn’t sure about having had to lean back in other theatres but this wasn’t an issue. DS (11) said he almost felt he was on the lake with the swans, especially when he was enveloped in dry ice! 😆 

Our favourite parts were when the ballet was staged in the ballet and obviously the dramatic build up and ending.

slight issue with someone who had taken a maybe 4 year old, who then consequently squealed for a fair bit of the show. Why do people do that?? 

Overall though, was a good experience, Liam sent DS a tweet to say he’d seen him on the front row, and hoped to dance with him which made his day. We went home on the train humming the music and wondering if in 10/15 years DS might have his name on the cast list. (He’d pretended to write it on while we were there!)

😁😁😁😁😁

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3 hours ago, Sharon said:

Liam Mower was particularly touching. I couldn't help but feel his pain and loneliness. I of course went to the Friday and Saturday performances of Matt Ball. The prince was danced by Dominic North. And what a show we got. Matt was just fantastic, I was struck by just how beautiful his arms were/are. I would of loved to see him partnered with Liam Mower, there was just such a tragic quality to his performance that was intense.

 

Some of us were lucky enough to catch Matthew Ball and Liam Mower together earlier in the run. Both fabulous.

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10 hours ago, MrsMoo2 said:

We went to the matinee yesterday, was amazing! We had front row seats which I wasn’t sure about having had to lean back in other theatres but this wasn’t an issue. DS (11) said he almost felt he was on the lake with the swans, especially when he was enveloped in dry ice! 😆 

 

Or "within sweat-flicking distance", as I used to call it :)  (but didn't they have an orchestra in the way at the Dominion Theatre?)

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Is anyone on the forum coming down to Wimbledon for Thursday 18th April either show and would like to meet up? I’ll be at both !

A Swan Lake Fan xx

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I don't think I can do Swan Lake at Wimbledon yet ... :( 

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There are still some tickets available if I can tempt anyone to join me xx 

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I am so pleased that I got to watch Max Westwell as the Swan/ Stranger this afternoon with Liam Mower as the Prince. 

It was my first time to watch Max in the lead role and I was not disappointed. He has a physicality and presence that holds the eye and his ballet training ( ex ENB) is evident from his beautiful pointed feet to his strong feral leaps. His Swan was very powerful and fierce.His Stranger was HOT ! Oh my ! The Tango between the Stranger and the Prince was full of tension and menace.

Liam Mower is one of the best Princes I’ve ever seen, in my view up there with Scott Ambler ( rip) and Matthew Hart. He moved me to tears and his dancing is so light , effortless, and balletic... more so than the original choreography made on Scott. I usually concentrate on the Swan in the pdd between Swan and Prince, but today I was focusing more on Liam , not to detract from Max , but Liam is just so good .

Back for more this evening with Will Bozier and Dominic North. 

I didn’t find the recorded music a problem But the tempo seemed faster at times than the live orchestra at Sadlers Wells... not sure ! 

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Another Liam Mower fan - good! I found that I was watching him when Matthew Ball was on stage as well and that's some compliment!

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So, tonight’s performance was yet another example of how a show can transport you to another realm even when you’ve seen it many times before. It helped that I was in the stalls with an excellent view and could pick up all the details and nuances of the performance. 

 

Will Bozier was the Swan/Stranger tonight and I have watched him grow and develop in his portrayal of this dual role, from the first weeks at Sadlers Wells. His Swan is so impressive, imperious, regal yet animalistic. His dancing is less balletic than Matthew Ball and Max Westwell but it is so watchable , powerful and graceful, with wonderful arms and very expressive eyes. I admit he is my favourite Swan of this run even though Matthew was superb and I thoroughly enjoyed Max Westwell this afternoon. Just something about Will’s interpretation that feels right to me. His Stranger was sexy and enigmatic and ferocious. 

 

Dominic North’s Prince was another fine performance. Again his dancing style is less balletic than Liam Mower but I felt was more like Scott Ambler’s interpretation... Dominic and Will are a good pairing. 

 

A big Brava to Katrina Lyndon who was The Queen this afternoon and the Girlfriend this evening showing how versatile a dance actress she is. 

 

I also always notice Jonathan Luke Baker who was a Big Swan at the matinee and The Private Secretary tonight. He has a very natural stage presence and expressive features, always one to watch.

 

Many thanks to all the dancers and crew and huge congratulations to Sir Matthew Bourne for his masterpiece Swan Lake and his special award at The Olivier Awards.

 

Happy Easter and Happy Passover to all who celebrate . 

Mandy 

 

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And to you Mandy.  Thanks for your lovely reviews. 

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A belated comment - I saw this in Wimbledon, for the first time since its première run. My main reaction was that the male swans are still so powerful, impressive and original, and that I would love to see them in a more serious and powerful context. I'm clearly not on Matthew Bourne's wavelength in terms of humour etc, and anyway I don't know why he feels the need to make fun of what are basically serious works. I can't take the serious story seriously if it's constantly undermined by light-hearted humour. It's as if he doesn't quite have the courage of his conviction - the real belief in his choreography that the male swans indicate he should have.

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While in the Romeo & Juliet thread we've been discussing the necessity of leavening tragedy with humour ...

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Just a reminder that Swan Lake is at a cinema near you ( hopefully) TONIGHT . 

May 21st with Will Bozier as the Swan and Liam Mower as The Prince .

I’m going to the Vue North Finchley if anyone wants to meet up ? 

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There's another showing somewhere early June, too - I put details on the cinema thread in News.

 

In fact, dates vary quite significantly according to cinema.

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I tried to get a ticket tonight but was told there was an issue with distribution. Might just be at my local Vue but they did say it wasn't their issue. 

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‪I saw the film of Sir Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake tonight. There were a few technical issues at the Vue North Finchley , the worst was not setting the aspect correctly so that all feet were cut off, however this was corrected. It was also too loud and too cold and I probably sat too close. ‬Those are the cons...here are the pros: Close up views ensured we could see the vulnerability and pathos in Liam Mower’s expressive face, the bliss when he ‘meets’ the Swans and the sheer agony when the Stranger rejects him. The wild feral strength of Will Bozier’s Swan and those enigmatic eyes which stare into your soul. Nicole Kabera’s icy Queen , with cut glass cheekbones and an inner glow whenever a handsome cadet was near.

The large group scenes of the Swans in Act2 and 4 and the Ballroom in Act 3 are filmed well and  from a view that is further back so you can see the entire stage properly and all the swan patterns .The film allows you to follow the story through the dance and the acting even if you are new to Swan Lake as my companion was. It’s not as emotionally satisfying as a live performance in my opinion but a tremendous record of this revised masterpiece and making it accessible to a much wider audience. 🦢 🦢 🦢

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We saw a catchup screening this afternoon.  It's a while since I last saw it but, whatever Sir Matthew has done to it for this revised version, it made a much greater impression than any I recall previously.  The Principals were all excellent and the Company no less so.  In particular, the Act I and Act III equivalents seemed much sharper than I recall and the final bedroom scene was very powerfully put across.  A treat!

 

And being used to other streamed performances, I was slightly taken aback by the British Board of Film Censors certificate and no interval -  a real movie, indeed.

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