Matthew Bourne's latest work for his company has also hitched a ride on the classical repertoire: Highland Fling is inspired by La Sylphide, Taglioni's romantic tale of a handsome young Scot and his doomed love for a fairy. Bourne isn't the first dancemaker to be tempted by tartan; George Balanchine, David Bintley and Michael Clark all had a fling with Scottish dancing. But Bourne has taken La Sylphide out of the forest and placed it instead in the horrors of high-rise Glasgow in a grotty flat with tartan wallpaper. Bourne is occasionally criticised for a lack of pure choreographic invention but although he may sometimes spread his talent a little thin, he is saved by his sense of humour and his intelligence which can transform a good idea into a great evening.
Highland Fling is at the Lilian Baylis Theatre (behind Sadler's Wells) 8pm to 28 May, Rosebery Ave, EC1 (071-278 8916) pounds 8, pounds 12.
The first five Independent readers to ring the box office will receive a free pair of tickets for the performances on Monday 16 May or Tuesday 17 May (offer subject to availability).
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