When the two titans of ballet in New York meet for the first time in a neutral foreign arena, you know it's going to be a good show. And it was. Hats off to Sara Mearns and Marcelo Gomes for superb performances in The Red Shoes at City Center where Matthew Bourne's latest production has a brief run through November 5th. We loved watching these two artists step out of their cushy comfort zones and use their artistry to capture and tell a famous story like The Red Shoes. Mearns in a red wig without a lot of eye makeup was fascinating to watch. It may be the first time we've ever been able to actually see her honest expression as opposed to just seeing her makeup move on her face. Marcelo as the ensemble player who was actually the star, played the struggling composer, Julian Craster, perfectly. The production has its problems, but its stars tonight made them seem unimportant.
Now it's time to climb into the Gisellemobile and head off to Chicago. What an October this has been!