Twisted ballet |

Twisted ballet

ALEX MILLEREagle County correspondent
Special to the Daily/Bill Cooper
Bill Cooper |

DENVER Tim Burton may have just been constructing an elaborate metaphor when he created the character of Edward Scissorhands in his 1990 film of the same name. But its hard not to take Edwards, er, digit-challenged soul at face value. He does, after all, have a hard time touching people in the usual way.Its only logical that the man to take Edward into the theater would be the iconoclastic choreographer Matthew Bourne, who rocked the dance and theater world in 1995 with his gay version of Swan Lake. In his extraordinary adaptation of Edward Scissorhands, Bourne takes away the words and creates a ballet version of what distills down to a timeless tale: boy with no chance of winning girl somehow wins girl for a moment, at least.The touring production of Edward Scissorhands is making a brief stop at the Denver Center, with shows through this Sunday. I suggest to those whod like to experience an entertainment quite unlike anything youve ever seen make it down the hill. Edward Scissorhands is an extraordinary piece of work, a major accomplishment of choreography, set decoration, costuming and other theater magic all set to the variations on the original, darkly soaring film score by long-time Burton collaborator Danny Elfman.If ballet isnt your thing (and it typically isnt mine), go anyway. Bournes work is that rare thing that transcends its genre and truly breaks down walls to go where he felt he needed to tell the story. At times, theres so much going on onstage I wished I had a Tivo to pause it and watch again. Interspersed with the big numbers, the tender moments and the obligatory plot-point scenes are some others that are really quite funny.As Burton did, Bourne sets the stage in a sort of suburban-bizarro realm, where 1950s-style idylls are rendered in brilliant colors and exaggerated to within an inch of their lives. Huge smiles, frilly dresses and white socks pulled up to the knees portray the whitest-of-the-white landscape into which the leather-clad, be-scissored Edward steps.Its quite a matchup, and one not to be missed.

What: Edward Scissorhands, contemporary ballet Where: Buell Theatre, Denver When: Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets: $24-$65, (800) 641-1222 or online at

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