Arthur Pita's new work for The Royal Ballet is based on Dorothy Scarborough’s classic novel and the silent film it inspired. The ballet comes with a new score by Frank, orchestrated by the fabulous Christopher Austin. Frank will be performing with the orchestra on slide guitar, electric violin and sound design. The ballet runs from 6th-17th November on the Main Stage at the Royal Opera House.
Open til 16th July, The Welcoming Party has attracted great reviews at Manchester International Festival...
"This is, no two ways about it, an astonishing piece of theatre: a kids' show that handles immigration, both as lived experience and as bureaucratic system, with such nuance and sophistication that it teaches adults a thing or two as well." - What'sOnStage
"Frank Moon’s sound composition creates an unsettling atmosphere and Jamaal Burkmar’s choreography expresses the agony of uncertainty and waiting. Simon Daw’s design, with its constant images of dehumanising cages, makes the most of the venue, which was once the world’s first railway warehouse... This is all pretty grown-up stuff, and is done with the rackety swagger and invention that we’ve come to expect from Theatre-Rites, a company making shows for children that is right at the forefront of contemporary British theatre practice." ★★★★ - The Guardian
"Why can’t all interactive, site-specific theatre be like The Welcoming Party? Theatre-Rites’ first show for Manchester International Festival is beautiful, clever, creative, chilling and thought-provoking theatre. Aimed at family audiences but with absolutely no sugar coating of the subject matter: what it means to be a refugee." ★★★★★ - British Theatre Guide
SALOME, with choreography by Arthur Pita, design by Yann Seabra and a full orchestral score by Frank, has just received it's world premiere at San Francisco Ballet.
"Frank Moon’s atmospheric and percussive original score lays a filmic foundation from which everything springs." - ★★★★★ DanceTabs
"Moody, dramatic score" - ★★★★ Bachtrack
"A convincing melodramatic score" - San Francisco Chronicle
WHELAN / WATSON: OTHER STORIES enjoyed a partial revival last week at New York City Center - Arthur Pita's piece "The Ballad of Mack & Ginny" was danced by Wendy Whelan & Edward Watson for two sold out nights, with Frank MDing the live quintet of musicians.
A short film commission from ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET features a recomposition of the Giselle score by Frank, and will be shown as a curtain raiser to Akram Khan's Giselle in November at Sadler's Wells.
THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL company recently returned from a 3 week tour in China, and Sadler's Wells have confirmed the show as their Christmas production in the Lilian Bayliss Theatre for the third year in a row.
Frank is assembling a sound score for a new double bill evening from Arthur Pita: STEPMOTHER/STEPFATHER, to premiere at Dance East in Ipswich, at the end of October.
And finally... a full orchestral score commissioned by SAN FRANCISCO BALLET is under way and will premiere in March 2017. Watch this space!
This evening of newly commissioned work features a new Arthur Pita commission from Sadler's Wells, created on Royal Ballet dancers Natalia Osipova and Sergei Polunin with a soundscore mixed by Frank. The score will feature songs by The Shangri-Las and David Lynch, with additional music and sound design by Frank. The evening also features works by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Russell Maliphant.
17-18 July: London Coliseum
24 July: San Francisco
27-28 July: St Petersburg
2 August: Colorado
5 August: Montreal
7-8 August: New York City
Performance dates: 9 - 12th July. Tickets HERE