Arthur Pita’s – A Hunger Artist

June 3, 2024 to June 5, 2024

A spectacle after Franz Kafka 

Edward Watson and Meow Meow 
Music by Frank Moon  

Following their award-winning production of Metamorphosis (London, New York, Sky TV), director-choreographer Arthur Pita reunites with dance virtuoso Edward Watson and composer-musician extraordinaire Frank Moon, this time welcoming the renowned rebel chanteuse Meow Meow.  

Together, they delve into Kafka’s final and seminal work with a new adaptation of ‘A Hunger Artist,’ seamlessly intertwining dance, song, and intrigue into an enthralling, immersive spectacle.  

Confined within a locked, straw-lined cage, Watson immerses himself in the role of the ‘Hunger Artist,’ enduring fasts lasting up to forty days. The bewitching Meow Meow takes command of the stage as the audacious ‘Impresario,’ drawing crowds to witness this ‘art’, amidst unfolding complexities. Meanwhile, Frank Moon’s eclectic score surrounds the audience, pulling them deeper into the experience with every breath.  

These visionary artists inject new life into Kafka’s haunting and obscure narrative, exploring sacrifice, obsession, and the relentless pursuit of artistry.  

Please note, audiences will be standing /moving around the performance.  There are a limited number of seats available, please contact the Box Office for details: 

  • Director/Choreographer – Arthur Pita
  • Music composed by – Frank Moon
  • Lyrics – Meow Meow, Frank Moon
  • Costume design – Charlotte MacMillan
  • Lighting design – Christopher Swain
  • Text devised by Meow Meow, Arthur Pita
  • A Hunger Artist – Edward Watson
  • Impresario – Meow Meow
  • Production manager – Mishi Bekesi 

Produced by the Cultural Programme in association with The Royal Ballet and the Oxford Kafka Research Centre.   

Supported by The Abderrahim Crickmay Charitable Settlement, The Arts and Humanities Research Council, TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities), HEIF (Higher Education Innovation Fund), and the New College Ludwig Fund. 

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