Explaining my gushing fangirl moment

I happened across Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake on Sky Arts, and was smitten. I’d not watched it before because ballet bores me rigid, but I’ve recorded it to consume at leisure. I do like male dance – Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire are two of my on screen heroes – so the pas de deux with a male swan and the prince (the point I’ve reached) is just my cup of tea. I love the physicality and sheer masculinity of Richard Winsor’s swan; the whole story so far is wonderfully rich, not just about discovering one’s sexuality, but picturing a man’s descent into madness because of pressures of life and lack of emotional support. Is the swan real or just a figment of his imagination?

Anyway, if you like male dance, here’s another little beauty, from Bourne’s Dorian Gray.

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