GREAT PERFORMANCES: The Red Shoes
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).
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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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.