The Red Shoes and Reimagining Sleeping Beauty Ballet Suites – Music Compilation


The Red Shoes and Reimagining Sleeping Beauty Ballet Suites – compilation of music by Craig Harris composed for Ballet of the Dolls’ dance theater productions. Excerpts for each movement are provided in the individual track list below.


This is the complete compilation of The Red Shoes and Reimagining Sleeping Beauty Ballet Suites – music by Craig Harris originally composed for dance theater productions by Minneapolis-based company Ballet of the Dolls. The Red Shoes Ballet was first performed in September 2001 at the Ritz Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and was revised and performed at Theatre de la Jeune Lune in 2002.  The Sleeping Beauty Ballet was first performed in May 2003 in Minneapolis at the Dance Factory.

The Red Shoes Ballet Suite

“The Red Shoes” Ballet Suite is music composed for the dance theater Ballet of the Dolls’ production “The Red Shoes,” produced in 2001 and 2002. The show is based on the 1948 movie The Red Shoes, directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger in 1948, which incorporates Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale about a young girl’s love of dance.

In Hans Christian Andersen’s tale a shoemaker presents her with a magic pair of dance shoes at a street festival, and dance takes control over her when she puts on the shoes. She continues to dance until exhaustion, and can only stop when her feet are chopped off. In “The Red Shoes” movie authoritarian ballet company Director Boris Lermontov rules over his protégés, demanding complete submission to his rules, which include not allowing personal relationships to interfere with their art. He brings a new dancer, Victoria Paige, into the company, and cultivates her to play the leading role in their new ballet, The Red Shoes, composed by the company’s resident composer, Julian Craster. Victoria falls in love with Julian, creating a conflict of tragic proportions between Vicky, Julian, and Lermontov. Vicky’s internal conflict between her passion for dance and her love for Julian leads her to commit suicide.

The original production of Ballet of the Dolls’ “The Red Shoes” was produced at the Ritz Theater in Northeast Minneapolis in 2001, and was re-envisioned and produced at Theatre de la Jeune Lune in 2002.

Track Titles

  • 1         Ballet Performance & Party
  • 2         Irina’s Swan Song
  • 3         Vicky’s Matinee
  • 4         Julian and Vicky pas de deux
  • 5         Red Shoes Fairy Tale
  • 6         Trio Triage
  • 7         Vicky Dies
  • 8          Fairy Tale returns

Performance Details

Composer: Craig Harris
Sound Design: Craig Harris
Piano: Tom Linker
Violin: Gary Schulte
Voices: Bradley Greenwald, Julie Tehven

Learn more about The Red Shoes Ballet Suite here, including some video excerpts and details about the production.

Reimagining Sleeping Beauty Ballet Suite

Reimagining Sleeping Beauty is Craig Harris’ ballet suite revisiting the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale. In this scenario the Prince does not release Sleeping Beauty from her deep sleep with a kiss, and then live happily ever after together. In Reimagining Sleeping Beauty, Sleeping Beauty remains in hibernation in the middle of the forest until she is found after 100 years, and she is put on exhibition in a museum. Sleeping Beauty awakens and finds herself in our current era, faced with confusing notions about beauty and meaning in life. Created in 2003, this project was originally developed in collaboration with Artistic Director/Choreographer Myron Johnson and dance-theater company Ballet of the Dolls, and produced at the company’s space The Dance Factory. Reimagining Sleeping Beauty has been adapted from that original scenario.

The scenario for this version of Sleeping Beauty picks up the story after Sleeping Beauty awakens after 100 years in hibernation. She finds herself in our current era, faced with confusing notions about “beauty” and meaning in life. Her story unfolds, and Sleeping Beauty returns to the moment of her demise, when she pricked her finger on the spinning wheel and fell into a deep sleep.

The “Sleeping Beauty Ballet Suite” was composed and produced for Ballet of the Dolls’ production “Sleeping Beauty”” in 2005.

Track Titles

  • 1         The Museum
  • 2         Beauty Awakens
  • 3         Wall Street
  • 4         Makeover
  • 5         Only in my Dreams
  • 6         Lookalike
  • 7         Gabriverdi – The Royal Family Welcomes the Birth of Beauty
  • 8         Beauty Is…
  • 9         Deep Sleep
  • 10       Sleeping Beauty Fairy Tale

Concept and Scenario by Craig Harris and Myron Johnson
Composer:   Craig Harris
Piano and Sound Design:  Craig Harris
Voices:   Lisa Conlin, Zhauna Franks, Candy Kuehn, Maya Harris, Lea Harris, Craig Harris, Grant Whittaker, Robert Skafte, Steve Carlino, Stephanie Fellner

© 2002 Red Shoes Ballet Suite
© 2003 Sleeping Beauty Ballet Suite
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Additional information

Weight3.5 oz
Dimensions5.625 × 4.874 × .375 in
Red Shoes Ballet Suite

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