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ABOUT THE SHOW

In a new commission by DanceEast, award-winning Director and Choreographer Arthur Pita, in collaboration with HeadSpaceDance, presents a wickedly gruesome, darkly surreal double bill of dark dance.

Stepmother leads us into a menacing world where macabre folklore meets the grotesque. Fairy tales distort into nightmares as familiar characters from Snow White to Hansel and Gretel are pursued by a force of monstrous and abusive stepmothers. 

Stepfather tells the grisly tale of a twisted family situation, inspired by the folk punk ‘Country Death Song’ from cult American band Violent Femmes. Spiralling into a hellish world of incest and murder, the search for redemption is played out beyond the grave.

Arthur Pita’s recent international sell-out successes include: The Metamorphosis at the Royal Opera House, Linbury Theatre which won the South Bank Award, National Dance Award and an Olivier Award nomination; Facada for Russian ballet stars Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev (London, New York, Moscow) and The Little Match Girl (Sadler’s Wells & national tour).

UK TOUR 2017

Thu 16 & Fri 17 February, 8pm

BIRMINGHAM

DanceXchange, Birmingham Hippodrome

0844 338 5000

Thu 23 & Fri 24 February, 7.30pm

BOURNEMOUTH

Pavilion Dance South West

01202 203 630

Thu 2 – Sat 11 March, 7.30pm
(8pm on the 7 March)
(no performance 5/6 March)

LONDON

The Place

020 7121 1100

Tue 14 March, 7.30pm

CANTERBURY

Gulbenkian

01227 769075

Tue 9 May, 8pm

SALFORD QUAYS

The Lowry

0843 208 6010

Sat 13 May, 8pm

NEWCASTLE

Dance City

0191 261 0505

CREATIVE TEAM

DIRECTOR & CHOREOGRAPHER ARTHUR PITA

COSTUME & PROPS DESIGNER (STEPMOTHER) YANN SEABRA

DESIGNER (STEPFATHER) SIMON DAW

LIGHTING DESIGNER MARK DOUBLELAY

SOUND DESIGNER FRANK MOON

CAST

NADIA ADAME

CHRIS AKRILL

COREY CLAIRE ANNAND

KARL FAGERLUND BREKKE

VALENTINA GOLFIERI

NATHAN GOODMAN

CLEMMIE SVEAAS

REVIEWS

  • ★★★★
    'A joyously twisted chamber of horrors… Pita and his excellent cast also find moments of tender insight, and it’s through this singular and surprising balance of tone that Pita has established himself as one of his generation’s leading storytellers.'

    The Guardian

  • ★★★★
    'Arthur Pita is one of today's most original choreographic voices. He's an accomplished fashioner of dances, but it's his imaginative storytelling that sets him apart from his contemporaries'

    THE OBSERVER

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    'Pita's dance works have something of the surreal glamour, unsettling psychology and wired humour of a Lynch movie'

    THE GUARDIAN