News: Shoes - the show

Monday 8 February 2010

The composer behind the multi award winning Jerry Springer – The Opera, Richard Thomas, is turning his attention to dance for a major new revue show commissioned and produced by Sadler’s Wells. With a team of collaborators including choreographers Stephen Mear, Aletta Collins, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Kate Prince he sets out to explore our abiding fascination with what we wear on our feet – from the high heels of designers like Christian Louboutin, to the comfortable and ubiquitous Croc.

“If you ask anyone to pick out the most significant pair of shoes in their lifetime, you will hear as much about personal memories and emotions as you will about brands. The common factor seems to be joy. So via desire, fetish, hammertoes, bunions and the anomalous success of the Ugg boot, ‘Shoes’ is basically about joy – searching for it, finding it and losing it”
says Thomas.

*Shoes* opens in September and will feature a cast of 12 dancers, four singers including Australian singer Kate Miller-Heidke, Olivier Award nominee Alison Jiear and a live band. It will be directed by multi award winning choreographer Stephen Mear, whose credits include *Mary Poppins, Sweet Charity* _and _*The Little Mermaid*. His recent choreography for the Menier Chocolate Factory’s *Sweet Charity* _earned him the accolade of “best showbiz choreographer we have” from The Guardian and his has been contributing routines to BBC1’s Saturday night hit show So You Think You Can Dance? He says _“Some of the greatest choreographers; Balanchine, Robbins and Petit were drawn outside their balletic domain to create work for musicals and the glamorous Parisian dance revue scene. For this subject matter, and Richard Thomas’ unique yet wide variety of songs and music, the other ingredient had to be dance. Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Aletta Collins, Kate Prince and myself, all have totally different variations of style, enabling us to bring to the show as much diversity through the dancers as Richard will bring through his wonderful music.”

The creative team for Shoes is drawn from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines. Designer Tom Pye who has designed sets and costumes throughout the world, for theatre, film, television and opera; Musical Director Martin Lowe comes fresh from Mamma Mia! The Movie; costume designer Laura Hopkins has worked with ENO, Menier Chocolate Factory and Glastonbury festival; lighting designer Chris Davey has worked across theatre, opera and dance and film and animation artist Tim Hope has worked in film, music video and recently designed the projections for The Mighty Boosh UK tour.

“When I first envisioned Sadler’s Wells becoming a producing house, I hoped to support and commission works that brought in artists from other disciplines who could really exploit the form’s incredible versatility”
.says Artistic Director Alistair Spalding “ – Shoes absolutely embodies that aim.”

*Shoes* is at Sadler’s Wells, 3 – 11 September

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