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GREAT PERFORMANCES: The Red Shoes

Company of “The Red Shoes.” Experience this dark fairytale from Matthew Bourne with this Olivier Award-winning stage adaptation.  
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Company of “The Red Shoes.” Experience this dark fairytale from Matthew Bourne with this Olivier Award-winning stage adaptation.  

Premieres Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 at 9 p.m. & Sunday, Sept. 26 at 2 p.m. on KPBS 2 / On Demand

From Tony Award-winning choreographer and director Matthew Bourne and British dance company New Adventures, GREAT PERFORMANCES "The Red Shoes" is a stage adaptation of the classic 1948 feature film by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.

Recorded at London’s Sadler’s Wells Theatre in January 2020, the ballet recounts Hans Christian Andersen’s original tale of obsession, possession and one girl’s dream to be the greatest dancer in the world.

Victoria Page (Ashley Shaw) lives to dance, but her ambitions create a battleground between the two men who inspire her passion: composer Julian Craster (Dominic North) and impresario Boris Lermontov (Adam Cooper).

The production also features Michela Meazza as Irina Boronskaya, Liam Mower as Ivan Boleslawsky and Glenn Graham as Grischa Ljubov. Set to the music of golden-age Hollywood composer Bernard Herrmann,

GREAT PERFORMANCES “The Red Shoes” is orchestrated by Terry Davies and performed by the New Adventures Orchestra with set and costumes by Tony-winning designer Lez Brotherson and lighting by Tony winner Paule Constable.

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Premieres nationwide Friday, September 17 at 9 p.m. on PBS, pbs.org/gperf and the PBS Video App, which is available on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Chromecast.

Credits:

An Illuminations/New Adventures production for BBC in association with The WNET Group. Directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne, based on the film by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger and the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale. Directed for the screen by Ross MacGibbon and produced by Lucie Conrad; John Wyver is executive producer. For GREAT PERFORMANCES: Bill O’Donnell is series producer and David Horn is executive producer.