Edward Watson (Gregor Samsa), Laura Day (Grete Samsa), Nina Goldman (Mrs Samsa), Anton Skryzpiciel (Mr Samsa), Bettina Carpi (Maid, Coffee Lady, Dream Figure, Bearded Man), Amir Giles (Train Conductor, Dream Figure, Bearded Man), Greig Cooke (Clerk, Dream Figure, Bearded Man), Marc Albrecht (conductor), Arthur Pita (choreographer), Dmitri Tcherniakov (director)
Arthur Pita's adaptation of Franz Kafka's 1915 novella had its premiere at the Royal Opera House's Linbury Studio Theatre in 2011. The role of Gregor Samsa was created for Royal Ballet Principal Edward Watson, and draws on his extraordinary technical abilities. The unusual and absurd story is conveyed through startling choreography - an intelligent presentation of the pressures and yearnings of the young Kafka. Frank Moon's score and Simon Daw's stark, white designs create a claustrophobic atmosphere, while the horror of Gregor's physical alteration is evoked by black fluid that smears the stage. Although Gregor's mother and father struggle to come to terms with his transformation, his younger sister, Grete, is more sympathetic. However, her feelings change and she undergoes her own metamorphosis as she moves from childhood to adulthood. The Metamorphosis won a South Bank Sky Arts Award and Edward Watson won the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance for his role.
Kafka The Metamorphosis (Music: Frank Moon, Choreography: Arthur Pita); Extra features: Introduction to The Metamorphosis, Bringing The Metamorphosis to life, Cast Gallery
Running Time: 1 hr 20 min
Sound format: 2.0 LPCM + 5.1 (5.0) DTS
No. of discs: 1 (Blu-ray)
Also available on DVD (OA1126D)