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 premiered 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.
★★★★ “Metamorphosis is a fantastic show, pre-senting a fresh and original take on Kafka that will please both the knowledgeable and the curious.” PlaysToSee
★★★★ “This staging of Metamorphosis is starkly original and works as a moving piece of story-telling. It’s certainly provocative, engaging theatre.” The Panoptic
★★★★ “Perhaps the philosophy that supports Metamorphosis is deeper and wider than childhood, but this fresh interpretation of Kafka’s wretched, haunting tale propels it straight into the 21st Century where it belongs to be revisited yet again, and perhaps for centuries to come.” LondonTheatre1
THE CREATIVE TEAM
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). http://www.emilylouizou.com
David 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.
Ioli 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.
Ioana 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 (https://www.wearekilter.co.uk/). This is her second project with Collide Theatre.
Christina 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:// http://www.riveteventmanagement.com
Emma Barnard (Assistant Dramaturg) is currently undertaking an undergraduate course in Theatre and Performance studies at The University of Warwick. As part of her degree Emma is currently engaging creatively and critically with contemporary social, political and aesthetic issues through the lens of Theatre and Performance Studies. During her time at university, she has performed in numerous student theatre and film pieces, including works of Shakespeare and student written creations. She is passionate about the prospect of performing, writing and directing in the future. This is her first production with Collide theatre.
Rajiv Pattani (Lighting Designer) graduated from LAMDA in 2014 with qualifications in Stage Management and Technical Theatre, Recent design work includes Dismantle This Room (Jerwood Downstairs – Royal Court Theatre), Wolfie (Theatre503), ’10’ (Vaults Festival 2019), Babylon Beyond Borders (Bush Theatre), Bullet Hole (Park Theatre Park90), Leave Taking (Bush Theatre), Roman Candle (Theatre503, Manchester 53Two, Ivy Studio Greenside – Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018), Dismantle This Room Project 2036 (Bush Studio). www.rajivpattani.co.uk
Natalia Riga (Stage Manager) graduated from her MA in Collaborative Theatre Production and Design from Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2019. Prior to this, she worked as a stage and production manager for theatre and events in Greece. She has also worked as an art department assistant and art director for short film. She is currently working as a dramaturg, assistant director and stage manager in London.
Joseph Hardy trained as an actor at Drama Studio London after completing a degree in Russian and French at King’s College, Cambridge. He also spent a year training at the St. Petersburg Theatre Arts Academy (Russia). Theatre credits include: The Cherry Orchard (Bristol Old Vic/Manchester Royal Exchange); Uncle Vanya (HOME Theatre); A Christmas Carol (LAStheatre); The Boy and the Mermaid, Once Upon a Snowflake (Paper Balloon); Pinocchio (Stephen Joseph Theatre); The Soldier’s Tale, Façade/Strange Joy (East London Music Group); Dreamboats And Miniskirts (Bill Kenwright Ltd – UK tour); The Hypochondriac (Theatre Royal Bath); Blue Stockings, We Happy Few (Drama Studio London). Joseph has also participated in R&D workshops on pieces directed by Simon Callow; Guy Unsworth for the RSC; and Ellen Havard for Messy Hare in the National Theatre Studio.
Katy Ellis is a graduate of the Actor-Musician course at Guildford School of Acting. Her experience whilst training includes Musik and First Lady Suite. Their production of Daisy Pulls It Off, in which she played Trixie Martin, also transferred to the Charing Cross Theatre in the West End.Since graduating, Katy has recorded Read the Room – a play for BBC Radio 4 – and been part of several commercial campaigns.
Jodie Sully is a 22 year old actress from Cambridge, trained at the Guildford School of Acting and NYT, with a strong background of contemporary dance and Laban movement training. Her physical skill set allowed her to work and perform with ‘Curve Breakthrough artists’; State of Flux in “(Don’t) Touch Me”, which has also been performed at the John Thaw Studio, The Actors Centre and for Mind Charity in 2018. She then had her movement directorial debut at The Actors Centre inJack Ryan’s first play “Me & My Left Ball”. She’s continued her dance-drama passion by partaking in a Gecko Intensive this March, and has plans to launch her movement company Vice Versa Dance Theatre Company later this year. Jodie aims to continue working in this field of dance-drama/physical theatre, but would like to explore this further in the realms of classical theatre, Shakespeare, and also within TV and Film.
Katharine Hardman is an actor, writer and Movement Director. Trained at Drama Centre London with a residency at the Vakhtangov Institute in Moscow.Artistic Director of ‘Entita Theatre’ having produced fifteen shows alongside Jamie Woods. Working as the company’s Movement Director and Choreographer (www.entitatheatre.co.uk ). Theatre: Cassie Grey EIGENGRAU (Greenwich Theatre), Ophelia CURTAIN’D SLEEP (Peckham Basic Space Festival), Arkadina THE SEAGULL (Vakhtangov Institute, Moscow) Jean Bird METHOD IN MADNESS (Rose Theatre Kingston, Edinburgh Fringe Festival & National Tour) Zelda YOUR FRAGRANT PHANTOM (National Tour, Marlowe Theatre, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, NSDF). Katharine has also worked with Ita O’brien on her Intimacy on Set movement.
Manuela Albrecht is a London based actress/dancer/choreographer originally from south Brazil, who believes in the body as the most powerful tool of communication. With a background that comes from artistic roller skate, ballet, and contemporary dance, she developed her career as a physical performer.In Porto Alegre, (her hometown), she worked alongside well established physical theatre companies such as Falos&Stercus and GrupoJogo having the experience of occupying non-conventional spaces in order to perform indoors and outdoors. Abroad, she further developed her studies in NYC with SITI company and Martha Graham Institute, and in Barcelona with Berty Tovias Escuela de Teatro. In London since 2016, she worked alongside the director Fiona Templeton from the Theatre of Mistakes, Gingerline, Reuben Fields, Gaslight Productions and Collide Theatre. Manuela aims to always push the boundaries from a social-political perspective and believes the research of how to enlarge the possibilities of using the body is endless.
George Turner trained at Drama Centre London graduating in 2017. Recent credits include: Max, Signor Doppo u/s, Steward, Porter in The Lady Vanishes (Theatre Royal Windsor) Ratty in Wind In the Willows (Open Air Theatre) with Sixteenfeet Productions. Max in Time For Tea (Southwark Playhouse) David Powell in Find Your Way Home (Etcetera Theatre) Eliert Loveborg in Hedda Garbler (Gatehouse Theatre) Adam in Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, (Bridewell Theatre) Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet, (Brighton Open Air Theatre) Peter in After the Dance, (Gatehouse Theatre) Lvov in Ivanov (Boris Schukin Theatre, Moscow) Eustace Winking In The Gardens At Sunset, (British Film Festival) Tom in The Accrington Pals (Bridewell Theatre).
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