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WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE OPENS THE FLOOR TO ACCLAIMED UK CHOREOGRAPHER     

WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE OPENS THE FLOOR TO ACCLAIMED UK CHOREOGRAPHER After the evening performance of New Adventures’ exciting new production, Dorian Gray, on 28 October 2009, company director Matthew Bourne will give a free talk on his gothic-inspired adaptation.

Set in the world of contemporary art and politics, this dark fable warns against the blind pursuit of beauty as an exceptionally alluring young man makes an unholy pact which will have grave consequences.

This production arrives in Cardiff after an extensive tour which includes the Moscow’s Chekhov Festival, and the Ravenna Festival in Italy.

Dorian Gray is devised, directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne and was awarded the Edinburgh Festival Herald Angel Award for Excellence at the 2008 festival.

Dorian Gray is the ‘It Boy’ among London’s fashionable glitterati, a flare of beauty in a world growing sick with greed and deceit. However, the sinister reality that lies beneath this society’s relentless hedonism threatens to consume all those entranced by it – even the purest.

Premiered at the 2008 Edinburgh International Festival, this version of Oscar Wilde’s cautionary tale, The Picture of Dorian Gray, became the most successful dance production in the event’s 62 year history and comes from the creative team behind New Adventures’ smash-hits Edward Scissorhands, The Car Man and Nutcracker! This exciting show is part of a feast of dance productions celebrating Wales Millennium Centre’s 5th birthday.

Matthew Bourne is also the creator of the world's longest running ballet production, a five-time Olivier Award winner, and the only British director to have won the Tony Award for both Best Choreographer and Best Director of a Musical.

Fiona Allan, Artistic Director at Wales Millennium Centre said: “I am delighted that Matthew is available to explain his inspirations and answer questions – his post show talks are always popular and informative, as he has generated a sizeable fan base in Cardiff over the past three years. It’s quite a privilege to be able to get up close and personal with one of the biggest dance talents of our time.”

Tickets can be purchased by calling the ticket and information line on 08700 40 2000 or by visiting www.wmc.org.uk. The show is suitable for those 14 and over. The talk is free to ticket holders.

DANCE DEALS
Dorian Gray is just one of the exciting dance events that are part of the Centre’s 5th birthday celebrations this autumn which include productions from Mark Morris Dance Group and National Dance Company Wales.

If you’re under 26, you can get tickets to dance season shows for just £10 for Donald Theatre shows and £5 for Weston Studio shows.

You can get tickets for all dance season shows for as little as £8 per person. Tickets range from £8 to £12, with the cheapest tickets available to early bookers. Book any three different Weston Studio shows together and you’ll pay the lowest rate of £8 per ticket.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Much of the original cast of Dorian Gray returns including Richard Winsor in the title role and Michela Meazza as Lady H. Jason Piper, who last worked with New Adventures as The Swan in Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake in 2005, takes the role of Basil Hallward.
A Sadler’s Wells Resident Company, New Adventures launched in 2002 and gives more national and international performances than any other UK company. Its re-workings of classic tales such as Cinderella and Carmen have resulted in some of the most popular dance productions of the last decade, and Wales Millennium Centre is delighted that New Adventures is returning next year with Matthew Bourne’s thrilling adaptation of Swan Lake.

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