Red ShoesDance performance, length 45 min

Foto Jaka Varmuž


Where does dance come from? Is it true that there are shoes that just dance on their own? Do we express ourselves with them or do maybe they express themselves with us? Dance can express forms, tasks, problems, desires, ideas. It is not only about expression, but also about a relationship that is created through dance: »May I ask you for a dance?« But it isn't only Cinderella who dances with the prince, the child also dances with their toy, and when they stomp on the floor, they are dancing with it, even when they fall. Movement and dance are a game with the world, with the force of gravity, the shapes and hardnesses of things, as well as the relationships between people.    

Red shoes seem perfect for dancing. Everything is easier with them, as they seem to dance on their own, which is why every little dancer probably »urgently« needs them. Even mom says that she runs easier in her new, super sneakers, and she thinks she's beautiful only in salons. She already has so many that you can't even close the closet! Sometimes we believe so strongly that we have changed because we've stepped into someone else's shoes, that it really changes us – we walk, we appear, we move, we dance differently; Who am I, are you, the one who is constantly changing when we meet objects and people? Some are more interesting to us than others, with some we step into a magical dance from which we do not come out the same.   

Sometimes, certain things can possess us too much, we are seduced by their flash. Desire dances on its own, as if we had no more control, much like the red shoes take away Karen, the little girl in that slightly scary Andersen fairy tale.

But just as the red shoes decide to enchant the wearer, they can also have an unusual power like Dorothy's magical glowing red shoes from the movie, »The Wizard of Oz«, which defend her from the wicked witch and are for her that magical accessory which can transport her wherever she wants to go, by clicking her heels thrice. Without realizing it, she literally always already carries her home on her feet, as she owns exactly that which has the will and power – to take her home, at any time. 

Today we live fast and each day we have contact with a huge number of people, of things. We have to dance every day with many new external or completely insignificant impressions. This is not easy; we often no longer know what is important and what is not. And so, let's not stop dancing! Let's rather help each other by dancing our lives together with those we trust. Courageously, let's put on the red shoes!

Coproduction DUM - društvo umetnikov and Ljubljana Puppet Theatre

Premiere 30 October 2021, Oder pod zvezdami LGL

Coproduction DUM - društvo umetnikov / The DUM Association of Artists, Lutkovno gledališče Ljubljana, Kino Šiška
Idea: Mateja Bučar, Vadim Fiškin
Choreography: Mateja Bučar
Visual concept: Vadim Fiškin
Movement/dance/co-creation: Kristina Aleksova, Katja Legin, Tina Valentan
Music: S. Kurjohin, F. Chopin, J. S. Bach, B. Savski
Lighting design: Vadim Fiškin, Gregor Kuhar
Mechanisms: Zavod ZET
Thanks: Aleša Valič, Zavod ZET, Katarina Bogataj