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Matthew Bourne's Dorian Gray is a Gay Fragrance Model


Matthew Bourne, choreographer of the all-male Swan Lake and several other transformed works, has been working on a version of Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray. The final version is set to debut in August in Edinburgh. Like most of his other works, it's taken to a new place:

Dorian2"Having decided to bring the piece to the present day, the two men had to choose an appropriate milieu for Dorian. They finally settled on the world of arty, upscale photography. Brotherston's plan for the set is an ingenious revolve that can turn the production on a sixpence between loft apartment, studio, club and even the Royal Opera House. Dorian's beauty becomes immortalised through an ad campaign, rather than through a painted portrait, as in Wilde's novel. 'We were trying to think how a person would become the talk of the town today, and it had to be through an image that you see everywhere. So Basil [the portrait-painter in Wilde] is going to be an iconic photographer, someone like Annie Leibovitz, and Dorian is going to become the face of a new perfume, like in a Calvin Klein ad.'"

A clip from Bourne's all-male Swan Lake, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. sorry to quibble, but, for the record, Bourne's Swan Lake is not all male. The swans are (all) male, and of course it's they who are seared into our minds. The production also includes some female roles -- The Queen and a purported girlfriend of The Prince, as well as ball guests, maids, etc. -- which are (at least usually) danced by women. see .

    I'll be looking forward to seeing what Bourne does with Dorian. I can't imagine how an ad campaign will age and be hidden away like the painting did. But I'll buy a ticket to see, and be ready to suspend disbelief.

    Posted by: 1truBob | Jun 13, 2008 6:08:38 PM

  2. I loved Sawn Lake and can't wait to see what Bourne does for Dorian Gray. Hopefully it will make it to Broadway (or at least somewhere in NYC)

    Posted by: Jeff | Jun 13, 2008 6:50:37 PM

  3. Hmm...Dorian/Pact with the Devil starring Malcolm McDowell and Ethan Ericson. Interesting but not a great movie with same plot of male model, blah, blah, blah...

    Posted by: jugomono | Jun 13, 2008 8:53:52 PM

  4. Gorgeous and mesmerizing! Thanks for that clip Andy.

    Posted by: sparks | Jun 13, 2008 9:48:16 PM

  5. I'm sorry he suppose to be attractive? Ribcages looking like they are about to burst out my screen and poke my eyes out. Is that suppose to be cute? Toned is one thing, but malnourished or overly muscular? no thank thankyou. Give me a beefy man built like a football player who can carry some weight any day.

    Posted by: Jason in the NYC | Jun 13, 2008 9:56:29 PM

  6. .........Adam Cooper.......Will Kemp.......that beautiful company of or straight; lyrical, sensual, magical, wonderful...and a compellingly told story....

    Posted by: Kile Ozier | Jun 14, 2008 8:13:26 AM

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