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Press Quotes - the best bits!

We've collated some of the best quotes about Matthew and the company from publications from accross the globe.

“The most popular choreographer of theatrical dance in the Western World"
THE NEW YORKER

“The undisputed king of dance theatre”
THE OBSERVER

“The ultimate showman”
EVENING STANDARD

"A visionary iconoclast who has been able to give dance remarkable popular appeal"
THE WASHINGTON POST

“A Virtuoso Storyteller”
THE VILLAGE VOICE

“Matthew Bourne has utterly changed the landscape of dance forever”
THE TELEGRAPH

"Our coolest choreographer"
THE SUNDAY TIMES

“The beauty of Matthew is that only does his work sell so well but it also fits with our philosophy and our identity. Because he makes high-quality work that is contemporary and brings in a very wide audience who might not have thought before of coming to dance. He provides a way into the art form”
ALISTAIR SPALDING  Director of Sadlers Wells Theatre

"Bourne has done more to popularise modern dance than anyone and is now a brand in his own right"
THE STAGE

"Possibly the most sought after choreographer in the world"
THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

“Too valuable a choreographer just to catch on the odd tour. Company directors with ambition and taste should be sending him valentines now that he’s stateside with this tour, on the hopes of luring him into their studios”
WASHINGTON POST

“People have come to trust Bourne always to provide them with something that will entertain and delight. He is the great showman of British dance, a choreographer with an instinctive understanding of what audiences want”
THE TELEGRAPH

“Modern dance genius, Bourne, whose choreography speaks with the eloquence of a Shakespeare sonnet”
LA DOWNTOWN NEWS

“The most successful choreographer alive. A master of social observation”
NEWSDAY

"One of the few choreographers famous enough to take billing over the actual show"
THE EVENING STANDARD

“The outsider who makes other outsiders feel comfortable in the theatre”
NEW YORK SUN

“The richness of influences has allowed Bourne to create his own distinctive dance world, immediately recognisable and much-loved”
THE TELEGRAPH

 “The very existence of an Edward Scissorhands national tour is something of a surprise in an era when mainstream audiences seem sceptical of concert dance. That Mr Bourne is able to tour America with a wordless popular ballet – and draw non-traditional audiences along the way – is a remarkable feat”
NEW YORK SUN

“Demolishing conventions, bestriding art forms from ballet to musical comedy to film, Bourne’s work isn’t just high-brow or low-brow. It’s all-brow”
TIME MAGAZINE

“Matthew Bourne, the British choreographer with a string of theatrical marvels to his name…a seemingly boundless sense of invention and attention to detail… could hardly be more inspired”
WALL STREET JOURNAL

“Attracting new audiences in unprecedented numbers”
WASHINGTON TIMES

"Bourne has reached audiences that other dance-maker’s cant"
THE OBSERVER

“The UK's most popular and most unclassiafiable dance company”
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

“Matthew Bourne is a whirlwind. He’s a dynamo, a powerhouse, a force of nature. He has created the busiest ballet company on earth and turned Britain into the worlds leading exporter of dance theatre”
THE SPECTATOR

“Fills me with optimism for the future of dance”
THE TELEGRAPH

“In an era when dance companies are supposed to fight for funding and justify their existence, New Adventures can make an outstanding case for itself”
THE TIMES

“Ballet haters should be prepared to have their prejudices blown away. This is real theatre worth traveling miles to see”
THE INDEPENDENT

“If anyone has done more to make classical ballet a truly popular art form than Matthew Bourne, we have yet to meet them.”
BLOOMBERG

“Bourne has established an unequalled track record for finding fresh, funny, individual talent. He may bring back his productions year after year, but they look different every season”
THE GUARDIAN

“No contemporary dance troupe in this country has ever achieved this kind of scope”
THE TIMES

“It’s this degree of audience engagement that indicates , along with box-office figures , that Bourne has a knack for drawing people in, hearts and minds, to what’s unfolding on stage”
THE SCOTTISH HERALD

“New Adventures is attracting new audiences in unprecedented numbers, drawn to their dramatic way of combining film imagery and elements of musical comedy, theatre and ballet”
WASHINGTON TIMES

“Welcome to the Bourne supremacy...the success is undeniable. His shows capture International audiences by telling classic stories with a twist - cheeky, accessible but with a powerful emotional undertow. Swan Lake's feral male swans and the sugar-rush fantasia of Nutcracker! have become icons of British modern dance”
THE SUNDAY TIMES

“Matthew Bourne has brought dance to the masses like nobody else”
THE SCOTSMAN

“Without doubt the most commercially successful choreographer this country has produced”
THE TIMES

“Matthew Bourne has a robust way of reconstructing the art form to make genuine drama without ever foregoing its essential marriage to the music”
THE DAILY MAIL

“Those who thought they wouldn’t be seen dead at dance have succumbed to its visceral thrill via the sheer drama of Bourne’s work.”
THE TIMES

"In the front rank of living British choreographers"
FINANCIAL TIMES

“Arguably the most successful choreographer in Britain today”
THE TIMES

“Matthew Bourne is one of the most popular choreographers of all time”
THE INDEPENDENT

"Bourne has a near flawless track record of combining ballet with dark themes and mass appeal"
THE EVENING STANDARD

"The premier iconoclast of English dance"  
THE NEW YORKER

"Bourne knows the rules and he also knows how to break them in magnificent style"
THEATERMANIA (NEW YORK)

 


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