Shoes, Featuring Music by Richard Thomas, Choreography by Stephen Mear, Begins at Sadler's Wells Sept. 3

News   Shoes, Featuring Music by Richard Thomas, Choreography by Stephen Mear, Begins at Sadler's Wells Sept. 3
 
Shoes, a new dance revue that is inspired by one of the great passions of the modern age for footwear – from the highs of the Louboutin to the lows of the Croc – begins performances at Sadler's Wells Sept. 3, prior to an official opening Sept. 7, for a run through Sept. 11. Its season there will be followed by a U.K and international tour in 2011.

Composed by Richard Thomas, in his first large-scale production since writing the score to Jerry Springer – the Opera that premiered at the National Theatre in 2003 and subsequently transferred to the West End, the show features 32 footwear-inspired song and dance numbers, with choreography by  the Tony-nominated Stephen Mear (currently represented on Broadway and on a U.S. national tour by his co-choreography of Mary Poppins and in the West End by his choreography of Sweet Charity that transferred from the Menier Chocolate Factory to the Theatre Royal, Haymarket), working with Aletta Collins, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Kate Prince and Mark Smith. Performing in over 250 pairs of shoes, the cast of 12 dancers includes Chloe Campbell, Mandy Montanez and Drew McOnie from TV's "So You Think You Can Dance," plus Zoonation’s Teneisha Bonner, and Aaron Sillis, winner of the South Bank Show Breakthrough award for his role in Matthew Bourne’s Dorian Gray. Shoes also features a live band and four singers including Olivier Award-nominated Alison Jiear (she played the pole dancer in Thomas's Jerry Springer - The Opera) and best-selling artist Kate Miller-Heidke, whose latest album went platinum in her native Australia in 2009.

In a press statement, Stephen Mear commented, "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’s 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."

To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 412 4300 or visit www.sadlerswells.com.

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