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 of the time features a heightened set, ... More

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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 of the time features a heightened set, theatrical tricks and 7 talented dancers hand selected from around the world. Dark Matters has toured widely across Europe, including the prestigious Venice Biennale.

  • Performance: Feb 18, 2011

  • Venue: On the Boards | Seattle, WA

  • Duration: 120 min

  • Posted: Jun 3, 2011

Cast & Credits

Created byCrystal Pite
PerformersEric Beauchesne
Peter Chu
Sandra Marín García
Yannick Matthon
Jirí Pokorný
Cindy Salgado
Jermaine Maurice Spivey
Composer (original music)Owen Belton
Lighting DesignerRob Sondergaard
Set DesignerJay Gower Taylor
Costume DesignerLinda Chow
VoiceChristopher Gaze
TextPoem on the Lisbon Disaster;
Voltaire, excerpts
Additional MusicSleep;
Eric Whitacre
performed by Polyphony & Stephen Layton
Courtesy of Hyperion Records, London
PuppetsRobert Lewis
Scenic PaintersAngela Carlson
Louise DeGagné
Jay Gower Taylor
ManagementJason Dubois
Bernard Sauvé
Sharon Simpson
Jim Smith
Bonnie Sun
Technical DirectorJeremy Collie-Holmes
Stage ManagerJulie-anne Saroyan
Company ManagerBrent Belsher
International AgentMenno 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.