Sleeping Beauty at Sadler’s Wells

The dance department recently visited Sadler’s Wells theatre to see Mathew Bourne’s new adaption of Sleeping Beauty. Sleeping Beauty completes the choreographic trilogy for Bourne. Having completed the Nutcracker set in an orphanage and taken Swan Lake and reworked it with an all male corps de ballet in the 90’s, Sleeping Beauty was the next progression. These two previous works served Bourne well and turned him into a household name and those who now wished to talk about dance as an art form felt they could join in. And to that end I can’t help thinking that this work had lost the edge and was conforming to everything he tried to deconstruct in his earlier career. Beautiful yes, staged well, yes, designed beautifully, yes, but the stereotypes were there. All said, an amazing night at Sadler’s again for the dance students and I am sure a performance we will all remember for years to come.

By Claire Gammon, Teacher in charge of Dance


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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