Dancing with scissors
Matthew Bourne is undoubtedly one of our most innovative choreographers, credited with fostering a renewed appetite for ballet among the general public with his dark interpretations of Tchaikovsky classics. Renowned for creating a string of quirky gothic fantasies, filmmaker Tim Burton is also an innovator extraordinaire. If ever two creatives were meant to collaborate, then Bourne and Burton would be the dream team.
Based on Burton’s beloved film starring Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder, Bourne’s Edward Scissorhands is a dreamy modern fairy tale that follows the exploits of a boy with scissors for hands and a talent for topiary who just wants to be loved.
Bourne’s dance company New Adventures is currently touring the UK with a major revival of this ballet. Dancer Dominic North is perfect in the role of Edward, easily getting the audience on side in a performance that is gentle, heartfelt and totally believable. Just like the film, Edward encounters a large and varied cast of characters when he leaves his creepy castle for life in the ‘burbs: perky cheerleader Kim, kindly mom Peg, bullying highschool jock Jim and local cougar Joyce.
The music is an evocative blend of key themes from Danny Elfman’s original film score and bespoke pieces from Terry Davies. Set and costume design come courtesy of New Adventures’ resident magician, Lez Brotherston.
Edward Scissorhands is the perfect choice for a festive treat this winter. And trust me, Edward’s curtain call is absolutely magical. You will almost certainly cry.
See Edward Scissorshands at venues nationwide until March 2015.