STEPMOTHER/STEPFATHER, ARTHUR PITA. PHOTO BY AMBRA VERNUCCIO
Last year we celebrated our 10th anniversary in the Jerwood DanceHouse, and it’s safe to say we are missing working and dancing together in the beautiful building on the waterfront. Naturally, we’ve been reminiscing and wanted to share some interviews you might not have seen before with artists and the community!
First up, we wanted to share what Arthur Pita, Director and Choreographer of Ballo Arthur Pita, had to say about DanceEast. He last visited us in December 2019 with the premiere of Ten Sorry Tales – take a look below at what he had to say…
“My relationship with DanceEast is long-standing and very special. I was with them at the very beginning of the Jerwood DanceHouse, at their opening gala in 2009 and performing as part of their opening season in February 2010 with God’s Garden.
Much of the work that I have made with my company Ballo Arthur Pita has premiered at DanceEast. From God’s Garden to Little Match Girl, which has since toured internationally and had many seasons at Sadler’s Wells. Later, The World’s Greatest Show, and Stepmother/Stepfather with HeadSpace Dance. And my new work for families, Ten Sorry Tales.I love the Jerwood DanceHouse – it’s such a great space, with a supportive creative team and working environment, knowledgeable tech staff and a well-equipped theatre.
As a maker, The Jerwood DanceHouse also provides the perfect opportunity to watch dance close up and view it properly in almost textbook conditions.
Importantly the Jerwood DanceHouse has a warm and loyal audience who have watched the company over the years. It really feels like it is embedded in the local community, with lots of different people using the building all the time.
As an artist who travels all over the world, it is great to work somewhere that has a reputation for nurturing artists at all stages of their career. It is a very special place to make and present work and it is always great to be there.”
LEFT: TEN SORRY TALES, PHOTO BY PHIL CONRAD. MIDDLE: THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL, PHOTO COURTESY OF BALLO ARTHUR PITA. RIGHT: TEN SORRY TALES, PHOTO BY PHIL CONRAD.