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Matthew Bourne’s The Car Man

Bizet's Carmen Re-imagined

Year: 2017, 99 mins
Code: ILL-Car

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Glamorous, sexy, funny and dangerous. A triumph!’ Evening Standard

‘It’s dance theatre at its most powerful and passionate’ Culturefly

The Car Man is one of modern dance’s most thrilling and entertaining shows and a signature production for Matthew Bourne’s company New Adventures. First seen in 2000, when it won the Evening Standard Award for “Musical Event of the Year”, it has proved to be a smash-hit in the UK and around the world. This recording for Sky Arts was made at Sadler’s Wells during the production’s most recent revival.

The Car Man is loosely based on Bizet’s popular opera Carmen and has one of the most instantly recognisable scores in New Adventures’ repertory, brilliantly arranged by Terry Davies. The familiar 19th-century Spanish cigarette factory of the opera becomes a greasy garage-diner in the American mid-west of the 1960s. The arrival of a handsome stranger disturbs the dreams and passions of those who live and work there. Fuelled by heat and desire, the townsfolk are driven into an unstoppable spiral of greed, lust, betrayal and revenge.

Lez Brotherston’s epic design and Chris Davey’s evocative lighting perfectly complement Matthew Bourne’s vivid choreographic storytelling, which draws on a wealth of cinematic references. Together with the glorious dancing of a wonderful cast, they create a delightful, dangerous and ultimately uncompromising vision of small-town America.

Also includes the film The Making of The Car Man which features interviews with key cast and crew including leading dancers Zizi Strallen and Chris Trenfield, Terry Davies and New Adventures’ founder, Matthew Bourne

Sir Matthew Bourne OBE is widely hailed as the UK’s most popular and successful choreographer and director.

For over 30 years he has been creating and directing dance for musicals, theatre, film as well as his own highly successful, award-winning companies.

Matthew is the creator of the world’s longest running ballet production, and has been recognised by numerous international awards. He was knighted in the Queen’s New Year Honours 2016 for services to dance, and awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Award – one of the most coveted honours in the world of dance – in recognition of his outstanding services to the art of ballet.

‘Superb, witty, drop-dead-sexy’ Daily Telegraph

‘Gripping. Explosive. Erotic’ Mail on Sunday

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