Matthew Bourne

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Matthew Bourne Edward Scissorhands Melbourne 2006-11-28.jpg
Bourne in 2006
Born (1960-01-13) 13 January 1960 (age 61)
Hackney, London, England
OccupationTheatre director, choreographer, dancer
Years active1985–present

Sir Matthew Christopher Bourne OBE (born 13 January 1960) is an English choreographer. His work includes contemporary dance and dance theatre. He has received multiple awards and award nominations, including the Laurence Olivier Award, Tony Award and Drama Desk Award, and he has also received several Honorary Doctorates of Arts from UK universities. Bourne was knighted in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to dance. [1]



In 2007 Bourne contemplated a gay version of Romeo and Juliet . Despite the success of his Swan Lake, in which he altered the traditional story to be about a human male falling in love with a male swan, Bourne acknowledged the challenge of a gay Romeo and Juliet. "It's more to do with dancing than with sexuality," he said "A male dancer, whether gay or straight, fits into a relationship with a female partner very happily. It's something you're taught, and it fits, it feels right, the lifting and all that stuff. Getting away from that, making a convincing love duet, a romantic, sexual duet, for two men that is comfortable to do and comfortable to watch–I don't know if you can. I've never seen it done." [2]

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  1. "No. 61450". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 2015. p. N2.
  2. "Swans' Way; Why Matthew Bourne's dances are different." The New Yorker (12 March 2007): 40–46.

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