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Azlan
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posted September 01, 2001 16:47     Click Here to See the Profile for Azlan   Click Here to Email Azlan     Edit/Delete Message

AMP's "Car Man" is touring the US. Here is their schedule:

The Ordway, St Paul
21st August-2nd September

The Ahmanson, LA
5th September-28th October

Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley
30th October-3rd November

Paramount, Seattle
6th-10th November

Auditorium, Chicago
14th-18th November

The Hummingbird Centre for Performing Arts, Toronto, Canada
20th-25th November

The Wang Centre, Boston
27th Nov-9th December

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Azlan
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posted September 01, 2001 16:52     Click Here to See the Profile for Azlan   Click Here to Email Azlan     Edit/Delete Message
And here are some previous threads and links for AMP (Adventures in Motion Pictures):

AMP's 'Car Man' opens

Matthew Bourne of AMP interview

AMP hit the headlines

AMPs 'Swan Lake' reopens in London

Official AMP Web Site

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Azlan
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posted September 01, 2001 16:54     Click Here to See the Profile for Azlan   Click Here to Email Azlan     Edit/Delete Message


And here's a bit of shocking news:

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MATTHEW BOURNE TO DIRECT NEW COMPANY

Matthew Bourne has formed a new company to create most of his stage work and film projects. Bourne will be Artistic Director of NEW ADVENTURES, which will produce or co-produce a wide range of work including large-scale theatre spectaculars, smaller scale experimental pieces and original film and television projects.


More in the press release

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Azlan
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posted September 01, 2001 16:58     Click Here to See the Profile for Azlan   Click Here to Email Azlan     Edit/Delete Message
A pair of articles from the first American, um, pit-stop:


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Opera Without Words

Dominic P. Papatola, St. Paul Pioneer Press

When it comes to familiar opera music, it’s pretty difficult to beat “Carmen.” Operaphiles know the Bizet score by heart, and even operaphobes know the music from that classic episode of “Gilligan’s Island” where the music served as the score for a musical version of “Hamlet.”


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'Car Man' races into the Ordway with screeching tires

Kim Surkan, St. Paul Pioneer Press

The heat of a summer night is almost palpable as Matthew Bourne's theatrical modern-dance company Adventures in Motion Pictures transforms the Ordway into the small town of Harmony, U.S.A. Under Bourne's direction, Bizet's original "Carmen" has become "The Car Man," a steamy tale of seduction, murder and revenge set in a Midwestern Italian-American community in the early 1960s.


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Azlan
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posted September 02, 2001 11:10     Click Here to See the Profile for Azlan   Click Here to Email Azlan     Edit/Delete Message
The introduction to Car Man, from AMP's web site:

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Using a bold new orchestration by Rodion Shchedrin and Terry Davies, based on the unforgettable music of Bizet’s Carmen, Bourne’s new scenario weaves a thrilling web of passion and intrigue.

The dreams and passions of a small mid-western community are shattered by the arrival of a handsome young stranger. Fuelled by heat and desire, the inhabitants are drawn into a spiral of greed, opportunism, sex and murder.

As a heady mix of lust, betrayal and revenge unfolds, the characters in Bourne’s drama struggle with their own guilt and treachery and the tragic consequences that follow.


Sounds delicious, doesn't it?

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Azlan
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posted September 02, 2001 11:50     Click Here to See the Profile for Azlan   Click Here to Email Azlan     Edit/Delete Message
A review from opening night in St Paul (thank you, Lara, for unearthing this one):

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Theater review: 'Car Man' brings a new gear to theater

Graydon Royce, Minnesota-St Paul Star Tribune

Matthew Bourne has said he hoped to create a different theatrical form with his choreographed vision of "The Car Man." In many ways he has.

Beyond the open stage and dramatic scenic design, he creates a storytelling method based on the lyric language of dance but also a more literal pantomime that enhances its accessibility.


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Azlan
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posted September 02, 2001 12:04     Click Here to See the Profile for Azlan   Click Here to Email Azlan     Edit/Delete Message


Yet another superlative review, this one with a provocative lead-in:

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Crash

Linda Shapiro, Minneapolis / St Paul City Pages

Matthew Bourne's fiendishly smart The Car Man sends a small town on a collision course with violence and sexual betrayal.


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posted September 03, 2001 08:22     Click Here to See the Profile for Basheva   Click Here to Email Basheva     Edit/Delete Message
From the Los Angeles Times:

Gunning the Motor
Eager to start a new company, choreographer Matthew Bourne pauses long enough to tinker with 'Car Man.'


By KRISTIN HOHENADEL, Kristin Hohenadel is a regular contributor to Calendar


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London-based choreographer Matthew Bourne has always had an imaginary foot in America. A preadolescent autograph hunter, longtime devotee of the Hollywood musical and lifelong movie fan, Bourne and his company, Adventures in Motion Pictures, have recently found success--and a home away from home--in Los Angeles and New York. But his 1995 all-male "Swan Lake" was set against the psychological backdrop of British stiff-upper-lip royalty and 1997's "Cinderella" took place in 1940s blitz-era London.

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Azlan
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posted September 05, 2001 07:25     Click Here to See the Profile for Azlan   Click Here to Email Azlan     Edit/Delete Message
So I am a little confused now. Lara pointed out to me a problem in Linda Shapiro's article. Car Man is not loosely based on Carmen. According to Matthew Bourne himself, the music is by Bizet but "the story line is from The Postman Always Rings Twice."

Howewer in the article by Kristin Hohenadel, Bourne contradicts himself by indicating that Car Man is indeed loosely based on Carmen.

I guess we will have to see for ourselves.

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A preview:

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Matthew Bourne's 'Car Man' Pulls Into L.A.'s Ahmanson

Christine Ehren, Playbill On-Line

Los Angeles is known as the home of motion pictures, but as of late it has also been a home to Adventures in Motion Pictures, Matthew Bourne's Tony and Olivier-winning dance company. The Ahmanson Theatre hosted both Swan Lake and Cinderella and now, The Car Man, Bourne's interpretation of Georges Bizet's great opera, Carmen.


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posted September 10, 2001 22:46     Click Here to See the Profile for Azlan   Click Here to Email Azlan     Edit/Delete Message
A close-up view of Matthew Bourne by Lara Hartley for criticaldance.com:

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Meeting with Matthew Bourne is rather like being in the eye of a hurricane - peaceful and calm as the rest of the storm rages on as the cast and crew of Adventures in Motion Pictures go through their frenetic paces getting their newest show - "Car Man" - up and running at the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles.

More, with original photos of Matthew Bourne.

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Azlan
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An essay by Matthew Bourne:

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The Artist’s Notebook

By Matthew Bourne

The Car Man was my first new show in three years and a lot of people asked me initially, “Why Carmen?” To be honest, I resisted it for quite a while because there were so many versions of Carmen, both ballet and opera, but I kept listening to the music and the more I listened to it the more I felt that it was the right kind of music for AMP.


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An interview by criticaldance.com:

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IDLE MOMENTS WITH THE CAR MAN
A conversation with Matthew Bourne

By Ed Lippman for criticaldance.com

Interview is perhaps the wrong word to describe any discussion with Matthew Bourne. Conversation is better. Instantly engaging, his wide-ranging answers become stories in and of themselves, captivating you, drawing you into his world of stage, movie musicals and classic film references. I was lucky enough to grab some time with him backstage at the Ahmanson Theatre. While his cast ran through the paces of their company class nearby, Bourne himself was somewhat hurried. His frenetic energy, bouncing from one meeting to another is laced with a hint of playfulness. Despite the pull of business, mischief seems to lurk somewhere not too far away at any moment. Punctuated by the occasional flash as Lara Hartley took photographs, it's easy to get lost in his world with him.


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Azlan
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posted September 12, 2001 08:35     Click Here to See the Profile for Azlan   Click Here to Email Azlan     Edit/Delete Message

Journal September 8 - Enjoying a smoke and lunch

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Stuart Sweeney
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posted September 12, 2001 11:20     Click Here to See the Profile for Stuart Sweeney   Click Here to Email Stuart Sweeney     Edit/Delete Message
Congratulations lara, that is one fine image.

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laraH
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posted September 13, 2001 16:55     Click Here to See the Profile for laraH   Click Here to Email laraH     Edit/Delete Message
thanks stuart! after a rocky start I am having a blast now! Got to sit in on class and rehearsal yesterday shooting up a storm and now waiting anxiously for the film to come back.

Waiting, always the hardest part.

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Ann Welsh
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posted September 14, 2001 11:42     Click Here to See the Profile for Ann Welsh   Click Here to Email Ann Welsh     Edit/Delete Message
Lara, keep those images coming. Can't wait to see the rest of the cast. Where are the women?

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posted September 14, 2001 12:19     Click Here to See the Profile for laraH   Click Here to Email laraH     Edit/Delete Message
Women?!

I knew someone was going to mention that. The women are harder to shoot! The guys are easy and not as uncomfortable in front of the camera I think. But there are women coming I promise. And I will be shooting more women tonight, Friday.

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Azlan
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posted September 16, 2001 21:30     Click Here to See the Profile for Azlan   Click Here to Email Azlan     Edit/Delete Message

An interview by criticaldance.com:

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An interview with Richard Winsor

By Lara Hartley, special for criticaldance.com

He's tall, blond and good-looking - like the quintessential ballet cavalier, but standing in the back row holding a spear is not for him, declared dancer Richard Winsor.


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Belinda
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The Los Angeles Times' Lewis Segal weighs in:

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Beyond its steamy fusion of dance drama, grand opera and film noir, Matthew Bourne's "The Car Man" is a sardonic fantasy of 20th century mid-America . . .

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Azlan
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posted September 17, 2001 21:50     Click Here to See the Profile for Azlan   Click Here to Email Azlan     Edit/Delete Message
There are more "charming" photos of Richard Winsor in the above article. Plus, here's one of Belinda Chapman:


Chapman trained at the English National Ballet School and the City Lit Drama School.

More of Belinda: Belinda's page.

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Priscilla
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posted September 18, 2001 20:12     Click Here to See the Profile for Priscilla   Click Here to Email Priscilla     Edit/Delete Message
These AMP pages are very cool. Nice work you all!

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Azlan
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posted September 18, 2001 22:56     Click Here to See the Profile for Azlan   Click Here to Email Azlan     Edit/Delete Message

Company in Rehearsal - Part 1
Bourne show how he wants a certain move done. more

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