The Red Shoes

Elise May_The Red ShoesAward winning choreographer and Expressions Dance Company’s (EDC’s) Artistic Director, Natalie Weir, brings the company’s brand new signature work, The Red Shoes to life at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre for a limited season from 18 July.

This world premiere season, co-produced with QPAC, is inspired by both Hans Christian Andersen’s legendary gothic fairytale and the 1948 Academy Award winning film.

The Red Shoes tells the story of a woman’s obsession with dance that leads to her ultimate self-destruction. Passion and obsession combine to create a twisted tale of delusion and reality, intertwined with beauty in a stunning romantic fantasy.

Elise May, who has been dancing with EDC for seven years, is playing the role of the dancer who is torn between her art and her love. Elise, who won an Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer for her performance of Juliet in Act III of Natalie Weir’s R&J, said she is thrilled to be performing in this production.

“What an incredible challenge and privilege to be given as a dancer, to embody and bring to life characters such as those in The Red Shoes,” said Ms May.

“Natalie Weir is in her element with this peculiar yet rich narrative. I feel so lucky to be an observer and participant of this very unique creative vision and process and I have a feeling that the outcome will be very special indeed.”

EDC’s Artistic Director, Natalie Weir has fast earned a reputation as a ‘choreographer capable of expressing the finest nuances of emotion through movement’. For The Red Shoes, Weir has chosen a female dancer as her central character for only the second time in her career with EDC, the first being her 2013 multi-award winning signature work, When Time Stops.

“Elise May is perfect in this role in EDC’s The Red Shoes. Her ability to become someone else onstage is astounding,” says Weir. “For this year’s signature work, I chose The Red Shoes to re-imagine, as I believe the story is still so relevant and poignant, even today. When does one’s passion become an obsession?”

The EDC ensemble will be joined on stage by the Southern Cross Soloists, featuring international guest violinist Victoria Sayles, who will perform live with the dancers. The Red Shoes will be performed for 8 performances only. Do not miss your chance to see this classic tale re-imagined as an extraordinary blend of spectacular dance, striking imagery, original film and live music.

Choreography: Natalie Weir  EDC Dancers: Natalie Allen, Daryl Brandwood, Benjamin Chapman, Sam Coleby, Rebecca Hall, Elise May, Jack Ziesing  Design: Bruce McKinven  Lighting: Matt Scott  Original Film: Sue Healey  Musical direction: Tania Frazer  Music: Southern Cross Soloists

The Red Shoes
Playhouse – QPAC, Cultural Precinct, Cnr Grey and Melbourne Street, Southbank (Brisbane)
Season: 18 – 26 July 2014
Bookings: 13 62 46 or online at:

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Image: Elise May – by Dylan Evans