Suspicion, passion and seduction: Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes 

Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes will leave senses seduced and hearts broken in an intoxicating rollercoaster ride of romance, macabre, suspicion and passion.

Based on the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale and the film by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, this story is one of obsession and one girls dream to be the greatest dancer in the world.

Image courtesy of New Adventures

The performance follows the journey of ballet dancer Victoria Page who lives to dance, torn between her ambition and the two men who inspire her passion. The performance in parts is wildly romantic yet slightly satirical, decietful yet macabre, playing tricks on even the most clued up culture vulture. The sets and costumes enthral the eye; from London’s Covent Garden to the clean streets of Monaco,  this fabulous visual feast and journey through time will not disappoint.
This adaptation is accompanied by a mesmerising and at times ecchilerating  new score arranged by Terry Davies, who uses the ‘music of golden-age Hollywood composer, Bernard Herrmann, played by the New Adventures Orchestra.’

The performance left me reeling with raw passion and emotion, and a distinct hunger to experience more of Matthew Bourne’s work. So thank you to the dancers, producers, musicians, set designers and to everyone involved, and mostly for making my first ballet one to never forget: I’ll be back for more. In the meantime I’m off to buy some red shoes….

Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes runs at The Sadlers Wells until 29 January.

To find out more and to book your tickets go to Sadlers Wells website. 

Tickets start from £13.

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