What will you witness?
Integrating movement, original music, text, and rich visual design, Kidd Pivot’s performance work is assembled with recklessness and rigor, balancing sharp exactitude with irreverence and risk. Kidd Pivot’s distinct choreographic language, which fuses classical elements with the complexity and freedom of structured improvisation, is marked by a strong theatrical sensibility and a keen sense of wit and invention. The Tempest Replica is based on motifs from Shakespeare’s play. Artistic director Crystal Pite stages a game of revenge and forgiveness, reality and imagination. Canadian Crystal Pite danced with William Forsythe’s Ballett Frankfurt and serves as associate choreographer of Nederlands Dans Theater. Her company has been based in Vancouver since its founding in 2002.
“Pite’s as energetic as a sparkler and fluid as quicksilver.”
80 minutes, no intermission.
This performance has no late seating.
Program Book [PDF]
People Are Talking Live
What did you think? You’re invited to an informal audience discussion at Sava’s on State Street. Talk with other audience members in a social setting and share your interpretations, questions, and responses. Events are hosted by Clare Croft (faculty member from the U-M Department of Dance) and Jim Leija (UMS Director of Education & Community Engagement). Grab a drink, pull up a chair, and keep the conversation going. We’ll post signs at Sava’s so you know where the group is gathering. No registration (or expertise!) necessary.
Kidd Pivot Website
Crystal Pite is from Canada and danced with William Forsythe’s Ballett Frankfurt. Her company is based in Vancouver but has also been the resident company in Frankfurt at the Künstlerhaus Mousonturm since 2010.
Crystal’s choreographic debut was in 1990, at Ballet British Columbia. Since then, she has created works for 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, Alberta Ballet, Ballet Jorgen, and several independent dance artists, most recently Louise Lecavalier. Crystal is Associate Choreographer of Nederlands Dans Theater and Associate Dance Artist of National Arts Centre in Ottawa.
In 2002 she formed Kidd Pivot and continues to create and perform in her own work. The company 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 has provided her the opportunity to work with her dancers and collaborators to create The You Show and The Tempest Replica, which premiered there in October 2011.
Crystal 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 four Dora Mavor Moore Awards (2009), 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.
This is Kidd Pivot’s UMS debut.