THE WORLD'S GREATEST SHOW
Choreographed & directed by Arthur Pita
Music composed by Frank Moon
Design by Yann Seabra
Costume by Yann Seabra & Giulia Scrimieri
Arthur Pita's brand-new dance theatre work explores the compelling and disturbing phenomenon of 1930s dance marathons during the American depression; human endurance contests where couples danced almost non-stop for hundreds of hours competing for prize money. The longest recorded marathon lasted for 3,780 hours. The World's Greatest Show paints a dark, dreamlike picture of the desperate people embroiled in these enormously popular ‘entertainments’. The score, comprising several arrangements of period songs plus original songs and instrumental pieces, is played live by a quartet of London's finest swing musicians.
Performances 2014: Greenwich Dance, Ipswich Corn Exchange, Royal Opera House.
Clarinet / saxophone - Dave Shulman
Piano - Dave O'Brien
Double bass - Ben Bastin
Drums - Roy Pfeffer
(Plus voices of the cast)