Stepmother/Stepfather - Arthur Pita & HeadSpaceDance - Dance City

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Stepmother/Stepfather - Arthur Pita & HeadSpaceDance

A wickedly gruesome, darkly surreal double bill
Sat 13 May 2017 8:00pm
Running time: 1 hour 35 mins (including interval)
Age: 15+*
Tickets: £15.00
Concessions: £7.50,
£12.00 concession
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 terrifying 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 success includes: 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, which returns to Sadler’s Wells for its third year running.

What the press said...

"Arthur Pita is one of today’s most original choreographic voices."
The Observer 4 STARS

"Pita has no limit when it comes to creating striking images and well-imagined stories." 4 STARS

"...distinctive and unforgettable for its gruesomeness but also its genius." 5 STARS

“Pita’s dance works have something of the surreal glamour, unsettling psychology and wired humour of a Lynch movie” The Guardian

"A splendidly perverse double bill. All horribly entertaining. A very dark treat indeed." The Observer 4 STARS

What audiences said...

"beautifully disturbing #stepmother/stepfather really great show, cast were amazing! Go see it!"

#StepmotherStepfather is dark & disturbing & I loved it! See it tomorrow while you can!

"wickedly gruesome" doesn't begin to cover it. I won't be able to sleep tonight

A free post-show discussion will take place immediately after the performance with the company which all ticket holders are welcome to stay for.

Ticket purchase does not guarantee entry to latecomers.

*This performance contains explicit language and adult themes including violence, which some viewers may find disturbing.
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