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 Post subject: Play Without Words Gets Six Drama Desk Nominations
PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2005 1:20 pm 
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Play Without Words was nominated for six Drama Desk Awards for its recent New York run. Matthew and the Company, as well as designer Lez Brotherston and composer Terry Davies were nominated in the following categories:

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL
OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY
OUTSTANDING MUSIC
OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN
OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN
UNIQUE THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE

This is a well deserved honor for a phenominal company. New Adventures is growing and expanding at the speed of light these days. And amen!! We've finally got them back performing in the States once again.

For more information on the Awards check out www.dramadesk.com


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2005 1:43 pm 
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Thanks for this information, Dani. The Drama Desk Awards are new to me; do you know how the nominations are compiled?


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Stuart, rather than take the chance of misstating the info, here is a link to the nomination process..

http://www.dramadesk.com/rules01.htm

What's truly great about the Drama Desk is that it is not limited to recognizing just Broadway productions as the Tonys pretty much do. They cover all legit theatre from Broadway to off-off Broadway. This way a small scale production like PWW, which only ran about 3 weeks off-Broadway, gets the spotlight and the accolades it truly deserves....same as the 'big boys' do. :D

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Thanks a lot, Dani - as you say, an excellent system.

I have my fingers crossed that "Play Without Words" picks up at least one award. Several of the New York critics spent all their time trying to decide which box to place it in and thereby missed the point. Thus, it would be good for the show to receive recogmnition in this way.


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 Post subject: Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake
PostPosted: Fri Mar 17, 2006 1:47 pm 
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Another review from the Independent.

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No one remotely acquainted with Matthew Bourne's work should be surprised to find him creating a theatre piece for the National. He has always been an ideas man first, a dance maker second, baffled by critics who griped that his dance vocabulary was limited. Dance was never entirely the point. Play Without Words: The Housewarming is the fifth and last of the NT's Lyttelton summer-season commissions. Bourne, working with his re-formed company New Adventures, responds to this up-close focus with a finely nuanced domestic drama with only five characters. But in an intriguing reversal of the tactic commonly used in small-scale productions – ie doubling up when there are too many parts to go round – each of his five dramatis personae is represented by two or even three performers at once.

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