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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18 March 2013
Audience tweets about Arthur Pita's dance theatre adaptation of Kafka's novella.
7 March 2013
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28 February 2013
Ahead of Kafka Fragments and The Metamorphosis, a look at the iconic writer’s work and worldview.
29 January 2013
Winners announced in the Critics' Circle National Dance awards for 2012
12 November 2012
Dancers and choreographers nominated in annual awards.