Arthur is Portuguese, born in South Africa and studied dance in Johannesburg. He came to London in to train at London Contemporary Dance School, gaining a masters degree and now works internationally as a freelance choreographer for commissioned works, theatre, opera, musicals and film.
Commissions includes: The Ballad of Mack and Ginny (ROH/NY; created for Edward Watson and Wendy Whelan); The Metamorphosis – South Bank Award, National Dance Award (Royal Opera House); Death Defying Dances (BodyTraffic, LA); Run Mary Run (Sadler’s Wells; created for Natalia Osipova & Sergei Polunin); A Dream within a Midsummer Night’s Dream (Ballet Black); Facada (California/Moscow/London Coliseum/NY); La Bala (Rio de Janeiro); Snow White in Black – National Dance Award (Phoenix Dance/Sadler’s Wells); And Then Gone for Bare Bones; The Stepfather (Candoco); Mischief – TMA Award (Theatre Rites/NY); Dancing in the Dark (Images of Dance); Romeu e Julieta (Madeira); Utopia (IDFB); The Art of the Ikettes (Into Dance); Volver Volver (Men In Motion/London Coliseum/Tuscany) and Casse Noisette, party scene (Paris Opera Ballet).
For his own company, Arthur has choreographed: Stepmother/ Stepfather (DanceEast); God’s Garden (Jerwood/ROH); The Little Match Girl (Jerwood/UK tour/Sadler’s Wells); The World’s Greatest Show (Greenwich/Jerwood/ROH); Boomshe Sheboom, Bugger, A Fairy Tale, Camp (The Place).
As a collaborator: Theatre includes: Saint Joan, Les Liaison Dangereuses (Donmar Warehouse); Our Country’s Good, Mappa Mundi, Women Beware Women, Detroit (National Theatre); Caledonian Road, Becky Shaw (Almeida); Show Boat (Royal Albert Hall); Frankenstein (Derby Playhouse); West Side Story (Cyprus); Street Scene (Opera Group/Young Vic/Paris); The Winter’s Tale (Royal Shakespeare Company/NY); The Glass Menagerie (Young Vic); Mojo (Theatre Rites/Barbican/Salzburg Festival/NY); The Bodyguard the Musical (West End).
Opera includes: Street Scene (Teatro Real, Madrid); Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny; La donna del lago (Royal Opera House); La Bohème (Royal Albert Hall); Idomeneo (LA Opera); La Forza del Destino (Lithuanian National Opera/Tel Aviv); The Gambler (Opera Zuid); Carmen (Royal Opera House/Den Norske Opera); La Cenerentola (Garsington Opera); Orfeo ed Euridice (Minnesota Opera); The Death of Klinghoffer (English National Opera/Metropolitan Opera).
Film work includes: Sunshine on Leith and Ex Machina.