Sunday, September 7, 2008

LONDON: Dorian Gray (Sadler's Wells) - 9/7/08

"Dorian", Matthew Bourne's slick dance adaptation of Oscar Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Gray" is very good theater. Mr. Bourne is known primarily for his skill at creating "dance-theater": wordless choreographed works that work with the same logic as traditional theater, often just as effectively. His work here is no different. Here, he has transplanted the story of the iconic egomaniac to a contemporary model agency. This is a dark, relentless, and sensual work, and it works brilliantly, despite losing steam towards the end of the second act. His corps of dancers are talented, appealing, and wonderfully idiosyncratic.

Rating: ***1/2 (out of *****)

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