Sunday, 15 June 2008

We Saw Edward Again

Photo by @nai used under a Creative Commons license

Months ago, I impulse bought tickets to a modern dance performance of one of my favourite romantic movies of all time - Edward Scissorhands. As a teenager, I went to see the movie because Johnny Depp was in it but then became a massive fan of all things Tim Burton. To be honest, my first Burton movie was Beetle Juice and that rocked my world too.

With the same concerns that I have heard voiced by others, I went along to the performance at the Sydney Opera House hoping that it would still work without Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder and Tim Burton.

The story had been changed slightly but did not ruin the flow in any way. It stayed true to the original telling in spirit. Don't worry, the changes were tiny and surely had a lot of do with the medium of dance and everything happening on one stage.

There was dancing and a really damn good score along with amazing props, costumes and performers. Only one slow moment brought me back to reality. It was the ice skating on rollerblades which I blame Eurovision for. Ice skating just does not work in story telling or European pop contests, even if they do win. The rest was very very very entertaining and heartbreaking.

I don't recommend seeing any other live performance - dance, music, opera, bands, whatever - until you see this. It is the best show I have seen in a long time and didn't disappoint in any way.

Go see Edward. We did. He's going well.

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