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The Wind

Arthur Pita’s first main-stage commission for The Royal Ballet is based on Dorothy Scarborough’s classic novel and the silent film it inspired, with a commissioned score by regular collaborator Frank Moon.

Most recent performance

There are currently no scheduled performances of The Wind. It was last on stage 6–17 November 2017 as part of the Autumn 2017/18 season.


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.

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