The Red Shoes

sp11-WEB-red-shoes-patrycja-kujawska-150Actress Patrycja Kujawska, originally from Poland, plays "the girl" or "Karen" in the Spoleto Festival USA 2011's production of Hans Christian Anderson's The Red Shoes.  Kujawska is a newbie at English theatre company Kneehigh.  The company specializes in telling stories; fables, myths, fairy tales, etc.  In this production, director Emma Rice has created Karen to be the only character who does not speak.  Kujawska tells the story of Karen "using her body and her facial expression."  

The grim fairy tale The Red Shoes tells the stoy of an adopted daughter who choses material possession over life's humbly intangible pleasures.  She convinces her adoptive mother to buy her a pair of red shoes, and subsequently idolizes them.  As a punishment for her sin, her shoes become cursed to endlessly dance.  Karen eventually hires an executioner to amputate her feet.  Even after performing the task, the shoes continue to dance.  Despite this terrible misfortune, however, Kujawska reminds us that "there is hope in the end."

Kujawska speaks with host Frank Dominguez about the show, the rehearsals, and her personal experiences at Spoleto.


Listen to Patrycja Kujawska talk with Frank Dominguez.

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