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The Red Shoes

Premiere: 9/17/2021 | 00:00:30 | Closed Captioning Icon

Experience Hans Christian Andersen’s dark fairytale from acclaimed director-choreographer Matthew Bourne with this Olivier Award-winning stage adaptation starring Ashley Shaw, Adam Cooper, Dominic North and Michaela Meazza.

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About the Episode

Premieres nationwide Friday, September 17 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings), pbs.org/gperf and the PBS Video app.

Features Tony-nominated actor and dancer Adam Cooper

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. Great Performances: The Red Shoes premieres nationwide Friday, September 17 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings), pbs.org/gperf and the PBS Video app.

Noteworthy Facts:

  • Great Performances: The Red Shoes is the third collaboration between Adam Cooper and Matthew Bourne. Cooper returns to the company in his role as Lermontov after more than 20 years, having first worked with Bourne in 1995 to create the role of The Swan in “Swan Lake.”
  • The Red Shoes earned two Olivier Awards for Best Theatre Choreographer and Best Entertainment and Family
  • For her role as Victoria Page, Ashley Shaw earned The Hospital Club’s h.100 award for Theatre and Performance 2017 in the U.K.
  • As a principal dancer with New Adventures since 2010, Ashley Shaw most recently performed in the title role of Matthew Bourne’s “Cinderella” in the U.K., China, Japan and America.
  • This is the third Matthew Bourne production presented on Great Performances following Swan Lake in 1998 and Sleeping Beauty in 2014.

Series Overview:
Throughout its nearly 50-year history on PBS, Great Performances has provided an unparalleled showcase of the best in all genres of the performing arts, serving as America’s most prestigious and enduring broadcaster of cultural programming. Showcasing a diverse range of artists from around the world, the series has earned 67 Emmy Awards and six Peabody Awards. Peek behind the curtain at the Great Performances website for exclusive videos, interviews, photos, full episodes and more. The series is produced by The WNET Group. Great Performances is available for streaming concurrent with broadcast on all station-branded PBS platforms, including PBS.org and the PBS Video App, available on iOS, Android, Roku streaming devices, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung Smart TV, Chromecast and VIZIO. PBS station members can view many series, documentaries and specials via PBS Passport. For more information about PBS Passport, visit the PBS Passport FAQ website.

Production Credits:
An Illuminations/New Adventures production for BBC in association with The WNET Group. The Red Shoes was 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.

Underwriters:
Support for Great Performances: The Red Shoes was provided by The Lewis “Sonny” Turner Fund for Dance. Series funding for Great Performances was also made possible by The Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation, the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Arts Fund, the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, Jody and John Arnhold, The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, the Kate W. Cassidy Foundation, the Thea Petschek Iervolino Foundation, Rosalind P. Walter, The Starr Foundation, the Seton J. Melvin Charitable Trust, the Estate of Worthington Mayo-Smith and Ellen and James S. Marcus.

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♪♪♪ [ Orchestral music plays ] -Next, on 'Great Performances'... Matthew Bourne's Olivier Award-winning stage adaptation 'The Red Shoes,' a ballet inspired by the classic film and fairy tale.

It's the story of aspiring ballerina Victoria Page... ♪♪♪ ...the impresario who wants to make her his star... ♪♪♪ ...and the composer who will not sell out and wants to set her free.

♪♪♪ Vicky lives to dance, but, when she gives in to her passion for the red shoes, she cannot stop on her own and her stage life begins to eclipse her real life.

♪♪♪ Set in Hollywood's Golden Age, the ballet features the lush film scores of Bernard Herrmann and an award-winning set design.

♪♪♪ One dancer's dark dream to be the greatest in the world is next.

♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ [ Metal squeaks, clacks ] [ Electricity buzzing ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ [ Slam ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ [ Clack ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ [ Thwack ] [ Clacking ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ [ Applause ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -[ Snapping fingers ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -[ Clapping ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -[ Snaps fingers ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ [ Applause ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -[ Clapping ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -[ Snapping fingers ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ [ Snapping fingers ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ [ Snaps fingers ] ♪♪♪ [ Slapping piano ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ [ Clap ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ [ Snaps fingers ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ [ Thumping ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -[ Clapping ] ♪♪♪ [ Snapping fingers ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -[ Clapping ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -Ow!

♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ [ Applause ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ [ Train whistle blowing ] ♪♪♪ [ Train chugging ] ♪♪♪ [ Gulls squawking ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ [ Waves crashing ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ [ Applause ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -[ Sneezes ] -Shh!

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Vicky! Vicky! Vicky!

[ Drumbeat ] Vicky! Vicky! Vicky!

Vicky! Vicky! Vicky! Vicky!

♪♪♪ [ Applause ] ♪♪♪ [ Cheering and applause ] ♪♪♪ [ Laughter ] ♪♪♪ [ Clapping ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -Whoo!

♪♪♪ [ Laughter ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -Whoo!

♪♪♪ Whoo!

[ Laughter and whooping ] ♪♪♪ -[ Patting thighs ] ♪♪♪ Whoo!

[ Cheering and applause ] ♪♪♪ -Hey! [ Clap-clap ] -[ Speaks indistinctly ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ [ Whooping ] ♪♪♪ [ Cheering and laughter ] ♪♪♪ [ Rhythmic clapping ] Whoo!

♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ Oh! [ Laughter ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -Victoria!

♪♪♪ [ Cheering ] ♪♪♪ [ Cheering ] -[ Clapping ] [ Whooping ] ♪♪♪ -Hey, hey, hey!

♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ Hey!

Hey!

♪♪♪ Hey!

Hey!

[ Whooping ] [ Fireworks exploding ] ♪♪♪ [ Applause ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -[ Clap ] [ Clap ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -[ Clapping ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ [ Thwack ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -[ Clap ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ [ Applause ] ♪♪♪ [ Applause ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ [ Cheering and applause ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ [ Drumroll ] [ Cymbals crash ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ [ Cymbal crashes ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -Hah!

[ Cymbal crashes ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ [ Cymbal crashes ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ [ Cymbal crashes ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ [ Cymbal crashes ] ♪♪♪ Hah!

Hah!

♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ [ Cymbal crashes ] ♪♪♪ [ Applause ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ [ Train whistle blows ] [ Train chugging ] [ Whistle blowing intensifies ] -[ Sobbing ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ -[ Strikes palm ] ♪♪♪ [ Strikes palm ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ [ Train whistle blows ] ♪♪♪ [ Rhythmic clapping ] ♪♪♪ [ Train whistle blows ] ♪♪♪ [ Brakes screeching ] [ Steam hissing ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ [ Applause ] [ Cheering and applause ] [ Whistling ] [ Cheering and applause continue ] [ Cheering intensifies, trilling ] [ Cheering intensifies, whistling ] ♪♪♪ [ Applause continues ] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ [ Cheering and applause ] ♪♪♪ -To find out more about this and other 'Great Performances' programs, visit... Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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