“The Red Shoes” Keeps Audiences Mesmerized

Ashley Shaw and Sam Archer in “The Red Shoes” (Johan Persson)

Ashley Shaw and Sam Archer in “The Red Shoes” (Johan Persson)

Lovers of film and dance will be delighted by Matthew Bourne’s production of “The Red Shoes.”

Bourne’s adaptation, from the Academy Award-winning film by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressbuger and the fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen, is being presented by Center Theatre Group and Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center. From now until the first of October, audiences can see the tale of one girl’s dream to become the greatest dancer in the world at the Ahmanson Theatre.

Centered on a complex story of obsession and possession, where the character Victoria Page’s ambitions become a battleground between two men who bring out her passion. Directed and choreographed by Bourne, “The Red Shoes” features a new score arranged by New Adventures Associate Artist, Terry Davies.

Having worked together on the dance adaption of “Edward Scissorhands,” with Bourne and Davies, Sam Archer takes on the role of Boris Lermontov. Ashley Shaw is the leading lady in a career-defining performance as Victoria Page. The role of Ivan Boleslawky is played by Liam Mower while Dominic North takes on the character of Julian Craster. The leading dancers of the Lermontov Company, Michela Meazza (playing Prima Ballerina Irina Boronskaja) and Anjali Mehra, complete the principal cast.

From the scenery to beautiful and emotional choreography, show-goers will be on the tip of their toes with every move. “The Red Shoes” features set and costume design by Lez Brotherson, lighting by Paule Constable and sound design by Paul Groothuis. If you need a little passion in your life, “The Red Shoes” will surely deliver.

The performances are recommended for ages 10+ due to mature themes. It should be noted the length is approximately two hours, with one intermission.

Tickets can be purchased at centertheatregroup.org, where showtimes are also provided.

Sylvia Aparicio is a Staff Reporter for Living Out Loud - LA, covering lifestyle and entertainment.

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