Entitled The Midnight Bell, Bourne's new work is set in 1930s London, and is populated by the ordinary people who leave their cheap boarding houses at night for the bars and pubs of fog-bound Soho and Fitzrovia. In particular, the work focuses on the eponymous tavern, where one set of lonely hearts gather to play out affairs of the heart and seek solace for their loneliness.
Bourne sought inspiration in the works of the writer Patrick Hamilton, whose novels and plays document the street life of inter-war London. In Bourne's words, 'Patrick Hamilton’s literary world could be seen as the flip-side of his close contemporary, Noel Coward, whose witty and glamorous world of cocktails and high society made him so fashionable and successful. Hamilton, on the other hand, wrote about the lives of everyday people, full of pathos, comedy and thwarted romance.'
You can see why Bourne was attracted to Hamilton's world. His own dance-theatre works expertly probe the darkest aspects of the human psyche and shine a light on ordinary lives, uncovering long-repressed passions, be it among the members of a dysfunctional royal family (Swan Lake), the denizens of 1950s small-town America (The Car Man) or the young misfits incarcerated in a cruel institution (Romeo and Juliet), to mention but a few.
Bourne's works are filled with pathos and humour, his graphic choreography veering between vigorous ensemble numbers and tender solos and duets, all interpreted in The Midnight Bell by 12 dancers of his New Adventures company, all skilled exponents of the Bourne style.
For this production Matthew Bourne again joins forces with the Olivier and Tony-award-winning team of Terry Davies (music), Lez Brotherston (set and costume design), Paule Constable (lighting design) and Paul Groothuis (sound design).
The Midnight Bell will undertake an extensive UK tour before arriving at Sadler's Wells. Tickets for the London premiere will go on sale soon – watch this space!
|What||Matthew Bourne, The Midnight Bell, Sadler's Wells|
|Where||Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Angel (underground)|
04 Oct 21 – 09 Oct 21, 19:30 Dur.: TBC