Crystal Pite – Choreographer
Dark Matters | Kidd Pivot
An angry puppet propels the action in this Frankenstein-esque tale from choreographer and OtB audience favorite Crystal Pite. Pite’s most ambitious work to date features a heightened set, ... More
About This Performance
An angry puppet propels the action in this Frankenstein-esque tale from choreographer and OtB audience favorite Crystal Pite. Pite’s most ambitious work to date features a heightened set, theatrical tricks and 7 freakishly talented dancers hand selected from around the world. Dark Matters has toured widely across Europe, including the prestigious Venice Biennale.
Pite’s strong choreographic sense is honed from years performing at Ballet Frankfurt under William Forsythe. Since parting ways with his company, Pite has gone on to found her own company, Kidd Pivot, and become one of the most in-demand choreographers in the world and she is an Associate Choreographer in residence at the prestigious Nederlands Dans Theater.
Performance: Feb 18, 2011
Venue: On the Boards | Seattle, WA
Duration: 120 min
Posted: Jun 3, 2011
Cast & Credits
|Created by||Crystal Pite|
Sandra Marín García
Jermaine Maurice Spivey
|Composer (original music)||Owen Belton|
|Lighting Designer||Rob Sondergaard|
|Set Designer||Jay Gower Taylor|
|Costume Designer||Linda Chow|
|Text||Poem on the Lisbon Disaster;|
performed by Polyphony & Stephen Layton
Courtesy of Hyperion Records, London
|Scenic Painters||Angela Carlson|
Jay Gower Taylor
|Technical Director||Jeremy Collie-Holmes|
|Stage Manager||Julie-anne Saroyan|
|Company Manager||Brent Belsher|
|International Agent||Menno Plukker Theatre Agent Inc.|
About The Artist
Born in Terrace, British Columbia and raised on the Canadian West Coast, choreographer and performer Crystal Pite is a former company member of Ballet British Columbia and William Forsythe's Ballett Frankfurt.
Pite’s professional choreographic debut was in 1990, at Ballet British Columbia. Since then, she has created over 40 works for companies such as Nederlands Dans Theater I, Cullberg Ballet, Ballett Frankfurt, The National Ballet of Canada, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal (Resident Choreographer, 2001-2004), Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Ballet British Columbia, and Louise Lecavalier/Fou Glorieux. She has also collaborated with Electric Company Theatre and Robert Lepage. Crystal is Associate Choreographer of Nederlands Dans Theater I and Associate Dance Artist of Canada's National Arts Centre. In 2013, Crystal was appointed Associate Artist at Sadler's Wells, London.
In 2002, she formed Kidd Pivot in Vancouver. Integrating movement, original music, text, and rich visual design, Kidd Pivot’s performance work is assembled with recklessness and rigour, balancing sharp exactitude with irreverence and risk. The company’s distinct choreographic language – a breadth of movement fusing classical elements and the complexity and freedom of structured improvisation – is marked by a strong theatrical sensibility and a keen sense of wit and invention.
Kidd Pivot tours nationally and internationally, performing such highly-demanded and critically acclaimed works as Dark Matters and Lost Action. Kidd Pivot's residency at the Künstlerhaus Mousonturm in Frankfurt (2010-2012) provided Pite the opportunity to create and tour her most recent works, The You Show and The Tempest Replica.
Pite is the recipient of the Banff Centre’s Clifford E. Lee Award (1995), the Bonnie Bird North American Choreography Award (2004), and the Isadora Award (2005). Her work has received several Dora Mavor Moore Awards (2009, 2012), and a Jessie Richardson Theatre Award (2006). She is the recipient of the 2008 Governor General of Canada’s Performing Arts Award, Mentorship Program. Most recently, she was awarded the 2011 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award, the inaugural Lola Award in 2012, and the Canada Council’s 2012 Jacqueline Lemieux Prize.
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