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. In 2014 he brought his dance marathon The World's Greatest Show to the Paul Hamlyn Hall at the Royal Opera House. 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.
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 for Jerwood DanceHouse – 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.
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