Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty Nov. 12–17 at the Kennedy Center

The Bourne legacy, as the phrase is used in Washington dance circles, has nothing to do with Matt Damon and everything to do with a choreographer whose controversial production of a classic ballet was cancelled in 2006. Just days before Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake was scheduled to start a weeklong run at the Warner Theatre, producers pulled the plug. At issue was whether Washingtonians wanted to see an all-male production of Tchaikovsky’s classic. Back then, it seems not enough people did. Now the Kennedy Center is betting that seven years and several fairy tales later, the city can handle Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty. The revisionist ballet features a surround-sound score, a Goth aesthetic and, for good measure, a Lilac Fairy King.

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