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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. Live musicians: Clarinet / sax - Dave Shulman; Piano - Dave O'Brien; Double bass - Ben Bastin; Drums - Roy Pfeffer, plus voices of the cast. 

WHELAN / WATSON : OTHER STORIES

A collaboration between New York City Ballet star Wendy Whelan and Royal Ballet star Edward Watson, who commissioned pieces from 5 strikingly different modern choreographers. Frank was musical director and arranger for the evening, also composing additional original music.

"The remarkably versatile Frank Moon, whose magic touch keeps the evening buoyant." The Stage

Choreographers: Javier de Frutos, Arlene Phillips, Annie B Parson, Daniele Desnoyers, Arthur Pita.
Designer: Jean-Marc Puissant
Lighting designer: Bruno Poet
Music director/composer/arranger: Frank Moon

Performances: Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House , London 2015, City Center Theatre, New York, 2016. 

LONDON: Bev Lee Harling - voice, violin; Ivo de Greef - piano; Neil Charles - double bass; Frank Moon - MD / guitar, banjo, saw; Dave Price - vibraphone, drums, percussion.

NEW YORK: Bev Lee Harling - voice, violin; Stefan Vasnier - piano; Aidan O'Donnell - double bass; Frank Moon -MD / guitar, banjo, saw; Steve Little - vibraphone, drums, percussion

 

Photo: Roy Tan

Photo: Roy Tan

"Other Stories has fine music, all credit to musical director/composer Frank Moon and assorted onstage musicians." The Times

Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House.                                           Main image - City Center New York.

Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House. Main image - City Center New York.

STEPMOTHER/STEPFATHER 

Created and choreographed by Arthur Pita 
Music by Gabriel Faure, The Violent Femmes, Frank Moon 
Sound design by Frank Moon 
Designs by Simon Daw & Yann Seabra 

"Pita elaborates this story of incest and murder through a seesawing dynamic of flashbacks, comic vignettes and supernatural interventions... But he and his excellent cast also find moments of tender insight, and it’s through this singular and surprising balance of tone that Pita has established himself as one of his generation’s leading storytellers." ★★★★ The Guardian

THE B.F.G.

Roald Dahl's classic story, adapted for stage for Birmingham Repatory Theatre's 2014 Christmas Production, featuring a live band plus an ensemble cast of actor musicians. 

Directed by Teresa Ludovico 
Movement directed by Yann Seabra 
Design by Robert Innis Hopkins 
Lighting by Peter Mumford 
Music composed by Frank Moon and Martin Riley 
Produced by Birmingham Repertory Theatre 

Performances ran from 26th November 2014 til 24th January 2015 at Birmingham Rep, UK

★★★★ “Magic... The music was marvellous” 
Birmingham Post 

★★★★★  “Enchanting and absorbing… a thrilling introduction to theatre for any child....Ethereal music"” 
The Public reviews 

★★★★ "The Whizzpopping Song, with its suitably rasping sound effects, cue trombones, was a source of universal merriment and delight." 
Behind the Arras

I AM 8

Created through Company of Angels' Choreography for Children Award 2015, performed February 2015 at Sadler's Wells and The Place, London.  

Choreography: Sally Marie 
Composer: Frank Moon 
Lighting designer: Lucy Hanson 
Costume designer: 
Dramaturg: Frauke Franz 

"A tiny epic with a soaring music box inspired score" London Dance