Cars and Italians: A Match Made in Heaven

The Car Man is a dance production which was first performed in the month of May, 2000; at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth. Following this, it was also staged in London some months later, at the Old Vic. The title of the production is a reference to the Carmen, an opera by Georges Bizet. It is to be noted, however, that the story followed by Matthew Bourne is radically different from that of the opera. In fact, it is influenced by The Postman Always Rings Twice, a James M. Cain novel from the year 1934.

Matthew Bourne’s work has been performed at places such as the Sadler’s Wells Theatre as Swan Lake; the longest running ballet show in history, was a product of his genius. The Car Man is available to be watched by interested members of the public between mid July to a few days after the end of the first week of August in 2015. To be more precise, 14th July to 9th August, 2015. The starting price for tickets is just under seventeen pounds. The highest priced seat can be had for a little more than forty six pounds and taking into account the pedigree of Matthew Bourne and the track record of his previous work, one can be assured that each pound spent is worth it.

The work is known to be ‘vivid, shocking, speedy’ to use the rather apt words made use of by The Guardian to describe it. This is due to the liberal approach taken by Matthew Bourne in following the storyline and the protagonist of the ballet is Luca, and the ballet tracks the happenings of an Italian American community over the course of three quarters of a year, in a fictional town referred to by the name of Harmony, which is said to be in mid western America. It can be said, at the very least, that the ballet is riveting and the various permutations have the potential to leave the watcher wondering as to what is going to occur next. Luca is both the catalyst and the active agent [no matter how contradictory it may seem] to a spectacular series of events in the town of Harmony.

The work is different from its peers as while many choreographers look to guide their audiences through the performance and mould their experience and opinion, much like clay, Matthew Bourne looks to allow his audience to make whatever interpretations they would like to draw from what his troupe has presented in front of them. It is also unique due to it being the first time Matthew Bourne has collaborated with a composer to create a complete score. In terms of the quality of the dancing, this ballet is beyond doubt and has won multiple awards which attest to this fact such as the Evening Standard’s Musical Event of the year award, back in 2000. In addition to this, it was also nominated for a Laurence Oliver Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance.

The Car Man has been revived for audiences on multiple occasions and it has been running since April of 2015, when it was performed in Bromley. The final show will be at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre. Critics have appraised the ballet with favourable assessments and say that it is ‘sizzling and fizzling with lust.’

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Tate Modern is located in the Bankside part of London, in the Borough of Southwark. It is situated at the site of the former Bankside Power Station; a distance of less than two miles away from the M by Montcalm and this is a distance which is covered in a drive which lasts just about ten minutes.

Considering what an incredible art hub it is in the United Kingdom, there are many a tourist guide to Tate Modern available which cater to the needs of the millions of people who visit here each year. In fact, more than four and a half million people decided that it was worth their while to pay the Tate Modern a visit while in London, in 2013. Admission to Tate Modern is free; with the exception of special exhibitions, for which nominal fees are levied. One can visit the Tate Modern prior to the performance of the Car Man and catch a bite to eat before the show.

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