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The Red Shoes: Beyond the Mirror exhibition

The Red Shoes: Beyond the Mirror exhibition

A new exhibition at BFI Southbank immerses you in Powell and Pressburger’s mesmerising 1948 production The Red Shoes.

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THE red ballet shoes from The Red Shoes film. There were actually several pairs of red shoes used for filming and this original pair now resides in the collection of Martin Scorsese. Image © Film and Furniture

Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale, The Red Shoes tells the story of a young woman whose desire is to become a leading dancer. Victoria Page (played by prima ballerina Moira Shearer) secures a transformative role at the Ballet Lermontov, that of a girl beguiled by a pair of magic red slippers.

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An original The Red Shoes exhibition poster. Photo © Film and Furniture

Gradually, the boundaries between fact and fiction blur as Page’s life intertwines with the feverish part she dances.

In the exhibition you can discover over 100 previously unseen costume and production designs, scripts, behind the scenes photographs and posters, alongside the iconic red ballet shoes featured in the film. 

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An installation of Victoria Page’s dressing table at The Red Shoes exhibition. Photo © Film and Furniture

The exhibition also features personal items owned by Moira Shearer and costumes from Matthew Bourne’s recent ballet adaptation.

The Red Shoes
The Red Shoes (film still)
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An homage to a scene in The Red Shoes in the BFI exhibition. Photo © Film and Furniture

‘Time rushes by, love rushes by, life rushes by, but the red shoes go on’.

The exhibition is open Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 November to 7 January. 
BFI Southbank, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XT

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