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A dance-theatre piece adapted from Franz Kafka's classic story

Funded by the Arts Council England. 

Presented in association with the VOILA Europe & The Actors Centre

Tristan Bates Theatre, Covent Garden London [April 2019]

Incoming Festival (New Diorama Theatre & HOME Mcr) [June 2019]


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.


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.


★★★★ “Part-drama and part-dance, Metamorphosis uses powerful visuals to create an unsettling and arresting experience [...] The great strength of Louizou’s direction is in how she encourages the audience to identify with Gregor. Metamorphosis is a fantastic show,

presenting 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 storytelling. 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." LondonTheatre 1

"Collide Theatre have created Kafkaesque theatre through the ingenious use of perspective, a fantastic score and superb dance choreography. Metamorphosis is a provocative performance that is both thought-provoking and precisely executed."



Director & Adaptor: Emily Louizou

Choreographer: Ioli Filippakopoulou

Music Composition: David Denyer
Designer: Ioana Curelea
Producer: Christina Fotinelli

Lighting Designer: Rajiv Pattani

Assistant Dramaturg: Emma Barnard

Poster Photography: Konstantinos N. Papaoikonomou

Production Images: Yiannis Katsaris



Katy Ellis

Katharine Hardman

Jodie Sully

George Turner

Manuela Albrecht

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