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Arthur Pita



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. His other work in the Linbury includes And Then Gone for Bare Bones and God’s Garden for DanceEast and ROH2. In 2014 he brought his dance marathon The World’s Greatest Show to the Paul Hamlyn Hall. For The Royal Opera he has created the choreography for Carmen, directed by Francesca Zambello and La donna del lago and Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, both directed by John Fulljames. In 2015 he created The Ballad of Mack and Ginny on Wendy Whelan and Edward Watson as part of Whelan/Watson: Other Stories. In the 2017/18 Season he creates a new work for The Royal Ballet, The Wind.

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.

Pita’s original productions include BoomShe SheBoom, Bugger: a fairytale and Camp, all performed at The Place, and The Little Match Girl and Stepmother/Stepfather for DanceEast, where Pita is currently Artist in Residence. He adapted his God’s Garden for Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev in their Solo for Two programme in 2014.

News and features

Watch: Royal Ballet rehearsals for The Wind

7 November 2017
Watch: Royal Ballet rehearsals for <em>The Wind</em>

Join the Company as they rehearse Arthur Pita's new ballet.

Dance Essentials: Whelan/Watson: Other Stories

7 July 2015
Dance Essentials: <em>Whelan/Watson: Other Stories</em>

Our quick introduction to a new mixed programme of modern dance starring world-class dancers Wendy Whelan and Edward Watson.

Brave New World: Wendy Whelan and Edward Watson on teaming up for a leap into the unknown

10 February 2015
Brave New World: Wendy Whelan and Edward Watson on teaming up for a leap into the unknown

The former New York City Ballet dancer and current Royal Ballet Principal on stepping into unknown territory and finding common ground.