27 October 2017 at 11.22am | 3 Comments
Not for nothing is choreographer Arthur Pita nicknamed 'the David Lynch of dance’– the unsettling and oppressive atmospheres he creates in his pieces aren't a million miles away from the skin-crawl of Twin Peaks, Mulholland Drive or Inland Empire.
'I first discovered The Wind when I went to go and see the film', says Portuguese choreographer Arthur Pita. 'As I was watching it I thought, "This is a ballet. This is like watching a dramatic ballet". I went to the source – to the novel by Dorothy Scarborough – and fell in love with it even more.'
The Wind tells the story of Letty Mason, a woman living in rural Texas whose sanity unravels in the grip of an unrelenting tempest.
'It's a western, but from a woman's point of view, so it doesn't have that male dominance', says Pita. 'I call it a gothic western. There's obviously a big danger of falling to cliché there. In a way, you also have to reference where you're at and that's where the music comes in.
'Because it is about a supernatural force, it can sometimes mean it goes a little bit sci-fi and a little bit heady. The story happens because of the wind, but for me it's an emotional force and a physical force... it is literally fear blowing in.'
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The Illustrated 'Farewell' / The Wind / Untouchable runs from 6-17 November 2017. Tickets are still available.
The production is staged with generous philanthropic support from Jay Franke and David Herro (The Illustrated ‘Farewell’), The Taylor Family Foundation and the Friends of Covent Garden (The Wind) and Georgina Rosengarten (Untouchable).