Search

Choreographer explores ‘umbrella of marriage and vows’ in London Coliseum’s ‘Solo for Two’

06:02 31 July 2014

Ivan Vasiliev, Arthur Pita and Natalia Osipova

Ivan Vasiliev, Arthur Pita and Natalia Osipova

Archant

It is the tale of an unforgiving bride, seeking revenge on the groom who has jilted her. Facada – a contemporary dance piece choreographed by Islington-based Arthur Pita and performed by ballet dancers, Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev – is part of the Solo Two presentation at the London Coliseum.

Support your community by viewing your local businesses

Please wait

You will be able to read the article in 5 seconds

Thank you for supporting your local community

You may now read the article

“The word ‘facada’ is a Portuguese word which means stab,” says Pita, who was born in South Africa to a Portuguese family. “So often when someone has been hurt, or someone gives them bad news they’ll say, ‘oh, that was a facada’, like an emotional or physical stab.”

The piece is adapted from an earlier work by Pita called God’s Garden in which the prodigal son meets the bride’s revenge in his re-imagined story.

“Everything that comes under the umbrella of marriage and vows and love is such a massive theatrical event in itself,” says the choreographer, who lives in Angel with his partner, choreographer Matthew Bourne.

Portuguese

“All the women in my family, my cousins, and my sisters have all had that. We come from a very Portuguese Catholic family, it’s all about you go and get married, have the children and live a good Catholic life. But I would say almost all of them, 90 per cent of them, have ended up in a divorce or separation.

“I think maybe because there was too much pressure in the beginning, and the Portuguese way is you made your bed, you sleep in it, but I’m proud of them as women as they’ve all gone, ‘I’m not happy, I’m going to be independent on my own, why should I live with this man who’s going to constantly have affairs or mistreat me?’

“This story is more folkloric, gothic,” he adds. “But it’s come from this big promise of a wedding and we’ll be happy forever. It does happen but we all know relationships take work.”

Russian Osipova, a principle dancer with the Royal Ballet, and Vasiliev, principle with the American Ballet Theatre, interpret Pita’s Facada as one of three diverse pieces, commissioned by the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and Ardani Artists, for Solo For Two.

Pita started with freelance dancing as a child and arrived in the UK in the 1990s as a professional dancer.

He moved into choreography and his range is vast: opera, musicals, fairytales and plays.

He said: “I’ve only had a few rehearsals with Natalia and Ivan. It has been beautiful being in a room with them. They are fantastic people; they are very passionate, they are absolutely at the top of their game and very curious about exploring something new. They work very hard but they are just pouring with passion and striving for excellence. It’s a total joy to watch them move.”

Solo for Two is from Wednesday to Saturday, August 6-9, tickets are £15-£79. See eno.org.

0 comments

Comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Islington Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Islington Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Islington Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Entertainment Stories

Friday, December 19, 2014
City Social: both the food and the view are equally breath-taking

Sky’s the limit for chef’s tower triumph

Thursday, December 18, 2014
With London nights catering to every taste, there's no need to spend New Year alone. Picture: Piotr Marcinski

Don’t panic if you haven’t made plans, there’s no shortage of ways to ring in 2015, says Alex Bellotti.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Bar at Verden

Wine bar’s steak night has rare quality

Monday, December 15, 2014
The decor in Finch's is party trendy kitsch, part chain pub

If your not a suit clad city type, there’s not all that much to tempt you down to dine on the unpromising stretch of City Road south of Old Street.

Most read entertainment

After weeks of challenges and cringeworthy boardroom showdowns, Lord Sugar made a decision – and Twitter was watching.

And we were all invited to the happy couple’s big day!

And they have a role to play in saving their species.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the $m.global.archantvariables.NewspaperTitle e-edition today E-edition