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The Wind

6–17 November 2017
Main Stage

Arthur Pita creates a new work for The Royal Ballet based on Dorothy Scarborough’s classic novel and the silent film it inspired, with a newly commissioned score by his regular collaborator Frank Moon.

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In rural Texas, a young woman’s sanity unravels in the grip of the ever-raging wind.


Arthur Pita has forged a distinctive career in British dance; his disquieting narrative works tell dark and strange stories through a vivid, visceral language of movement. His award-winning adaptation of Kafka’s Metamorphosis in 2011 for the Linbury Studio Theatre was a triumph. As well as creating works for his own company Pita has been commissioned by companies and figures from Dance East to Natalia Osipova – creating a body of work whose strangeness and imaginativeness have earned Pita the nickname ‘the David Lynch of dance’.

Pita now makes his main-stage debut for The Royal Ballet with The Wind. He takes as his inspiration Dorothy Scarborough’s controversial 1925 novel, now considered a seminal work of Texan literature, and the 1928 silent movie classic it inspired, which starred Lillian Gish. The ballet comes with a new score by Frank Moon, whose fantastical, inventive music has accompanied most of Pita’s work.