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Arthur Pita

Biography

Portuguese choreographer Arthur Pita created his award-winning dance theatre piece The Metamorphosis, an adaptation of Kafka’s short story, in the Linbury Studio Theatre in 2011. Its 2012 revival was broadcast on Sky Arts and is available on DVD. His other work for the Linbury includes And Then Gone for Bare Bones and God’s Garden for DanceEast and ROH2, and in the 2013/14 Season brings his dance marathon Nobody's Baby to the Paul Hamlyn Hall at the Royal Opera House. Other work at Covent Garden includes creating the choreography for Francesca Zambello’s production of Carmen and John Fulljames's production of La donna del lago, both for The Royal Opera.

Pita was born in South Africa and studied dance in Johannesburg. He came to London in 1991 to train at the London Contemporary Dance School, graduating with a master’s degree. He has worked internationally in opera, musicals, plays and film, and created several original commissions for dance companies including Phoenix Dance Theatre, Candoco and Ballet Black.

Over the past ten years Pita has also created his own productions. These include BoomShe SheBoom, Bugger: a fairytale and Camp, all performed at The Place, and The Little Match Girl for Jerwood DanceHouse – DanceEast, where Pita is currently Artist in Residence.

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Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Flórez and Plácido Domingo nominated for Olivier Awards 2014

Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Flórez and Plácido Domingo nominated for Olivier Awards 2014

10 March 2014

Les Vêpres Siciliennes, The Firework-Maker's Daughter, The Wind in the Willows and Arthur Pita also among those nominated.

Your Reaction: The Metamorphosis

Your Reaction: The Metamorphosis

18 March 2013

Audience tweets about Arthur Pita's dance theatre adaptation of Kafka's novella.

World Book Day 2013: Your dream operas and ballets based on literature

World Book Day 2013: Your dream operas and ballets based on literature

7 March 2013

From Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas to 1984: The Ballet, your fantasy works.

Franz Kafka: Cryptic, confessional, aphoristic

Franz Kafka: Cryptic, confessional, aphoristic

28 February 2013

Ahead of Kafka Fragments and The Metamorphosis, a look at the iconic writer’s work and worldview.

Marianela Nuñez and The Metamorphosis win National Dance Awards

Marianela Nuñez and The Metamorphosis win National Dance Awards

29 January 2013

Winners announced in the Critics' Circle National Dance awards for 2012

Royal Ballet receives multiple nominations in National Dance Awards 2012

Royal Ballet receives multiple nominations in National Dance Awards 2012

12 November 2012

Dancers and choreographers nominated in annual awards.