Collide Theatre is thrilled to present a new dance-theatre piece inspired by Franz Kafka’s novella.


In the course of one night a beloved son turns into a hated freak.

But is he really different? Is there really a reason for his family to be as appalled?

This is Gregor Samsa’s story.
It is also the story of anyone who has been made to feel as vermin.

In April 2019 Collide will premiere a new dance-theatre piece about being young and being made to feel alien by the people most close to you.

This is not a piece about a man turning into an insect. It is a piece about a family not accepting their child for who they are. Metamorphosis is an ode against ostracism, an ode to a human’s body uniqueness. In this new version created by director Emily Louizou, Metamorphosis, will address one of the biggest human fears: feeling like an outsider – or rather, being made to feel different. A chorus of five unique individuals will collectively, through storytelling, dance and music, bring to life the story of Gregor Samsa in a celebration of his uniqueness and the uniqueness of all those before and after him who had to fight against their family’s alienation.

Book Tickets Here!


23rd – 27th April, 21:15 (+3pm Saturday Matinee)

Running time is approximately 60 minutes

Tristan Bates Theatre, Covent Garden

[1A Tower St, London WC2H 9NP]


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Director/Dramaturg: Emily Louizou
Choreography: Ioli Filippakopoulou
Music Composition: David Denyer
Designer: Ioana Curelea
Producer: Christina Fotinelli
Lighting Design: Rajiv Pattani
Assistant Dramaturg: Emma Barnard
Photography: Konstantinos N. Papaoikonomou





Emily Louizou (Director/Dramaturh) has trained on the MFA Theatre Directing programme at Birkbeck, University of London. Prior to this, she completed her BA English at UCL where she directed, choreographed and produced more than 10 plays. Recent directing credits include: Heiner Muller’s Hamletmachine (Site-specific/ Garage, Ugly Duck), Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis (Site-specific/ Crypt St Pancras, 2015), Euripides’ Bacchae (NSDF 2015, British Museum, Tour in Greece), Eugene Ionesco’s The Bald Soprano (Camden Fringe 2015), world premiere of Gingerbread (Almeida Theatre, August 2015), Unknown (Bloomsbury Theatre 2014).

davidDavid Denyer (Music Composer) is an award-winning composer for theatre, screen and concert hall. He graduated last year with a distinction on his MA in Composition from the Royal College of Music in London. His recent work includes Hamletmachine (Garage, Ugly Duck), 4.48 Psychosis (Crypt Gallery, London), Streetcar Named Desire (London, June 2015), Bacchae (London and Intenrational Tour, 2015). His passion for music and his compositional style are rooted in his deep-seated desire to disturb, unsettle, and confuse his audience without mercy.

Screen Shot 2019-02-28 at 00.36.21Ioli Filippakopoulou (Choreographer) is a Greek movement director and performer based in London. She has an MA in Movement Studies from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and currently she teaches movement in Central, the Royal College of Art, and East15 Drama School. Her recent work includes: Movement Director for Timon of Athens (Royal Shakespeare Company), TROY (Voila) Tejas Verdes (Ugly Duck), Hamletmachine (Garage, Ugly Duck), 4.48 Psychosis (Crypt Gallery), After the End (University of Exeter), Assistant Movement Director for Posture in Dante’s Comedy (R&D project, Drama Centre), Movement Director for Splinter (Camden People’s Theatre). She has also trained in Belgium with choreographer Wim Vandekeybus, as well as working closely with Ayşe Tashkiran. 

Screen Shot 2019-02-28 at 00.35.07.pngIoana Curelea (Designer) is a Romanian London-based scenographer with an undergraduate and postgraduate degree in Theatre Design from Wimbledon College, University of the Arts London. Ioana is also part of the award winning company We Are Kilter ( This is her second project with Collide Theatre. 

Screen Shot 2019-02-28 at 00.35.14Christina Fotinelli (Producer) is a creative producer with over 10 years experience managing international events, TV production and marketing communications in New York, London and Dubai for major brands such as CNN International, Hearst Magazines, Showtime and MEC (WPP). She graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Communications (Radio/Television/Film) from Northwestern University in the USA and received a European Masters in Audiovisual Management (from MEGA plus, a programme partially funded by the EU’s Media Programme). Christina is a Greek American and this is her first foray into theatre production. Her portfolio of event production work can be viewed at: https://