Dance with the Devil

Chris Dunlop

Matthew Bourne is the world's most popular living dance maker. Every night of the year, in some twilit city, the curtain goes up on one of his shows. On his tempestuous, mostly male Swan Lake, the longest-running dance production in London's history and a triple Tony Award winner on Broadway. On The Car Man, his steamy spot-welding of Carmen and The Postman Always Rings Twice. On his bittersweet Nutcracker or his funny, touching Edward Scissorhands.

In little more than a decade, Bourne, 48, and his London-based production company New Adventures, have redrawn the international theatrical...

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