The Metamorphosis broadcast by Sky Arts on 27 May
Another chance to see Arthur Pita’s award-winning dance-theatre adaption of Kafka’s novella.
A dance-theatre adaptation of Kafka’s novella, The Metamorphosis follows the tale of travelling salesman Gregor Samson, who awakes one morning to find he has been transformed into a monstrous insect.
‘For me it has so many themes,’ says choreographer Arthur Pita in an interview with Sky Arts, ‘being trapped, illness, being alienated, sexuality, rejection, growth and change.’ Watch interviews with Arthur, composer Frank Moon and Royal Ballet Principal Edward Watson.
The production has received critical acclaim for both runs since its premiere in September 2011. It has won multiple awards, including a Southbank Sky Arts Award, Critics Circle National Dance Award and an Olivier for Outstanding Achievement in Dance, awarded to Edward Watson for his creation of the role of Gregor.
‘I think it’s the most extreme way I’ve ever used my body,’ says Edward, ‘We deconstructed a whole human and made it as insect-like as we could.’
The horror of the Gregor’s mutation is emphasized by over ten litres of treacle.
‘Dancing in black goo was completely disgusting,’ continues Edward. ‘At the start it was absolutely horrible, but during the performance it sort of becomes who you are.’ Read the full interview with Ed.
The production was filmed earlier this season and, according to Arthur, it’s ideal for the small screen.
‘The beauty of catching something on film is that you can see it close-up,’ he explains. ‘There are moments that, in a play, would be a five-page monologue… With the cameras, you can really focus on these moments.’ Read the full interview with Arthur.
The Metamorphosis will be also be staged at the Joyce Theater in New York later this year. Performances will run from 17-29 September, with Royal Ballet Principal Edward Watson reprising his role as Gregor Samsa.
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