The Red Shoes Ballet and Joy Division’s “She’s Lost Control”

The Red Shoes (1948) is a feature film about ballet, directed by the British-based team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. It tells the story of a young ballerina who joins an established ballet company and becomes the lead dancer in a ballet called The Red Shoes (based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen) about a woman who cannot stop dancing.

The ballet roughly follows the Andersen story. The setting is a carnival in which a young woman dances with her boyfriend. In one booth stands a slightly demented-looking shoemaker who offers her the red shoes. She puts them on and seemingly forgets about her boyfriend as she dances with every man in the place. Her boyfriend is carried away and nothing is left of him but a piece of paper, which she tramples. She attempts to return home to her mother, but the red shoes keep her dancing. Finally she falls into a kind of netherworld where she is beset by grotesque creatures (including the shoemaker) engaged in an orgy. They converge upon her in a manner reminiscent of The Rite of Spring, but abruptly disappear, leaving her alone. No matter where she flees, she has to dance. Now near death from exhaustion, clothed in rags, she finds herself in front of the church where her mother’s funeral is in progress. The church father offers to help her. She motions to him to take the shoes off, and as he does so, she dies. He carries her into the church, and the shoemaker retrieves the shoes, to be offered to his next victim.

info from wikipedia.com

Here’s a clip from the film to the soundtrack of Joy Division’s “She’s Lost Control”. Joy Division was an English rock band that formed in 1976 in Salford, Greater Manchester. With their dark, cavernous sound and use of guitars, throbbing bass, and electronics, they pioneered the post-punk sound of the late 1970s.

She’s Lost Control Lyrics:

Confusion in her eyes that says it all.
She’s lost control.
And she’s clinging to the nearest passer by,
She’s lost control.
And she gave away the secrets of her past,
And said I’ve lost control again,
And a voice that told her when and where to act,
She said I’ve lost control again.

And she turned around and took me by the hand and said,
I’ve lost control again.
And how I’ll never know just why or understand,
She said I’ve lost control again.
And she screamed out kicking on her side and said,
I’ve lost control again.
And seized up on the floor, I thought she’d die.
She said I’ve lost control.
She’s lost control again.
She’s lost control.
She’s lost control again.
She’s lost control.

Well I had to ‘phone her friend to state my case,
And say she’s lost control again.
And she showed up all the errors and mistakes,
And said I’ve lost control again.
But she expressed herself in many different ways,
Until she lost control again.
And walked upon the edge of no escape,
And laughed I’ve lost control.
She’s lost control again.
She’s lost control.
She’s lost control again.
She’s lost control.

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~ by remainsofthedesi on October 6, 2007.

One Response to “The Red Shoes Ballet and Joy Division’s “She’s Lost Control””

  1. Great performance! Great lyrics. We really express ourself in many different ways… Here is one more Andersen’s incarnation – by award winning Ukrainian artist Vladyslav Yerko: modern look and classic spirit. Pay attention to the slideshow page.
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