I make a point of seeing every Matthew Bourne production I can. This show called ‘Early Adventures’ put together three dance pieces from the choreographer’s early career. As I came to his work quite late, I am so pleased to have the opportunity to see the earlier pieces.
‘Town and Country’ is a work of two halves, as suggested by the title. The ‘Town’ section was my favourite suggesting the British post-war world of Noel Coward and films such as ‘Brief Encounter’. Bourne’s talent lies partly in referencing cultural worlds in vignettes while building a sense of one story. He also represents love between two men without fuss. Love is where it falls and this is always made clear in Bourne’s work.
The other pieces, including the ‘Country’ half of ‘Town and Country’, are as much fun. The dancers exude a sense of joy as they perform and, whatever the production I have always come out of a Matthew Bourne work wondering why I never took up dance!