Finally, here are the production/performance pictures of "The Red Shoes", an installation we've been working on since October. It takes inspiration from the Andersen fairytale of Karen, the girl who danced with the Red Shoes till death and also the 1948 movie who is based on the fairytale and narrates the story of Vicky, a dancer who can't choose between love or dance.
In our version, we had Karen as a ballerina/doll standing on a music box, turning. Throughout the performances, she started deteriorating, to signify her journey and ultimate death in consequence of dancing non stop because of her red pointe shoes.
I have to say that after all those endless hours we spend sewing on every single bead and pearl, it was hard as hell to break the dress apart, but it created a beautiful aesthetic of decadence and death. Plus, having blood dripping all over me was fun.... (irony?)
Blood packs tryouts in the shower...
"Time rushes by, love rushes by, life rushes by, but the Red Shoes go on"
- "Why do you want to dance?"
+ "Why do you want to live?"
- "Well I don't know exactly why, but I must"
+ "That is my answer too"