These World Premiere performances by award-winning Director and Choreographer, Arthur Pita, in collaboration with HeadSpaceDance, offer a wickedly gruesome and darkly surreal double bill for the Halloween season.

Stepmother leads us into a menacing world where macabre folklore meets the terrifying grotesque of Hollywood. A waiflike ‘Snow White’, living as a single parent, is pursued and poisoned by her abusive stepmother, leaving her unruly brood of children to reap their revenge on the vile ‘Wicked Queen’.

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

Arthur Pita’s Openheart Productions presents a cast of seven: HeadSpaceDance performers Christopher Akril, Jonathan Goddard and Clemmie Sveaas, are joined by Corey Annand (title role in The Little Match Girl, Grete in The Metamorphosis), Valentina Golfieri (The Little Match Girl), Nathan Goodman (Richard Alston Company) and Nadia Adame (CandoCo’s The Stepfather).

Stepmother / Stepfather is commissioned by DanceEast and presented by Arthur Pita’s Openheart Productions in collaboration with HeadSpaceDance. Supported by Arts Council England.

Arthur Pita returns to DanceEast following his critically acclaimed, sell-out productions of The Little Match Girl, The World’s Greatest Show and God’s Garden.

"Fans of both vigorously clever, tongue-in-cheek dance theatre and genuinely ghostly romance ought to be tickled and intrigued"
Time Out (on The Stepfather)
"A work of comic, perverse originality fabulously stage and expertly performed"
The Guardian (on Snow White in Black)

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