DANCE: SWAN'S WAY

NO TUTUS OR POINTE SHOES BUT A REAL TOUR DE FORCE

Anyone who has ever been chased down the shore by an enraged swan knows that swans are powerful birds--nothing like the delicate figments of Tchaikovsky's lakeside vision. The swan as predator is also the inspiration for Matthew Bourne, 37, a young British choreographer, whose radical recension of the ballet classic Swan Lake opens this week in Los Angeles. "I began with observation of the bird," says Bourne, "its wildness, huge beating wings." He also felt that "something more could be done with Swan Lake, particularly with the swans themselves." There have been hundreds of productions, but all based on the 19th...

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