Production Language English
Country of Origin United States
Description New York based artist Ann Slavit created the sculpture during a two year period as artist-in-residence at BAM. She conceived the idea while attending BAM performances several years ago. Slavit was also inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale and the Academy Award winning film of the same name, in which the red slippers serve as a metaphor for an obsession with dance. Funding for THE RED SHOES was provided by Freed of London, Ltd., the British ballet slipper manufacturer whose craftsmen created the pointe shoes worn by ballerina Moira Shearer in the 1948 film classic. In designing THE RED SHOES, Slavit examined how portable sculpture can alter the way people utilize an inner city space. The artist studied traffic and pedestrian patterns as well as the architecture of the Academy District. Slavit also conferred with many neighborhood residents in order to better understand the community that will host her work for several weeks.