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Friday, Aug. 18, 2006
From silver screen to stage
Directed by Matthew Bourne, well-established in Japan following the success a decade ago of his production of "Swan Lake," "Edward Scissorhands" runs through Sept. 3 at the Yu-port Kani Hoken Hall in Tokyo.
A dance adaptation of the 1990 fantasy film directed by Tim Burton that starred Johnny Depp as a creature with scissors for hands who struggles to build relationships with the people around him, the narrative of Bourne's stage version is told largely through dance, Danny Elfman's original score and newly penned music by Terry Davies, rather than relying on dialogue. Dancers Richard Winsor and Sam Archer alternate in the lead role. The staging was the first time that Burton has given permission for one of his films to be reproduced on the stage.
"Edward Scissorhands" runs through Sept. 3 at the Yu-port Kani Hoken Hall in Tokyo (except Aug. 21 and 28). Tickets are 5,500 yen, 8,500 yen and 12,000 yen (call HoriPro at  3490-4949).
For more information, including times, visit www.scissorhands.jp
The venue is a 5-minute walk from JR Gotanda Station.