The World’s Greatest Show

The World’s Greatest Show is a dance-theatre work exploring the compelling and disturbing phenomenon of 1930’s dance marathons during the American depression; human endurance contests where couples danced almost non-stop for hundreds of hours competing for prize money. The longest recorded marathon lasted for 3,780 hours.

Choreographed by Arthur Pita with original music by Frank Moon and a live jazz band and Design by Yann Seabra, The World’s Greatest Show paints a dark, dreamlike picture of the desperate people embroiled in these enormously popular ‘entertainments’.

Director/Choreographer – Arthur Pita

Music – Frank Moon

Set Designer – Yann Seabra

Costumes Designers – Giulia Scrimieri, Yann Seabra

Lighting designer – Ed Yetton

The show premiered at the Royal Opera House

Photos By Roy Tan