Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake takes the classic ballet in a modern direction, and it's all the better for it. The one-dimensional princes and queens of yesteryear are replaced with the paparrazi-besieged royals of today. Bourne also replaces the foofy white ballerinas of the traditional dancing swans with muscled men in black face paint. The effect is more striking than I thought it would be. This production first came out in 1995 so it's certainly not new, but it still feels like a distinct milestone in modern ballet.