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Choreographer | Crystal Pite

”[bjm_danse] is a total joy and totally entertaining. If you ever have a chance to experience them, do!” (The Virginia Gazette, United States)

“[bjm_danse] has the contagious energy of smashing atoms, impeccable technique and serious stage presence. It’s staked its place between the manic eclecticism of street dancing and the beauty and discipline of neoclassical forms.” (Le Devoir, Canadal)

After its sold-out run at the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde in September 2004, the latest hit from [bjm_danse] is back at the Centre Pierre-Péladeau for three nights only! The Stolen Show [xspectacle] is a deliciously giddy trilogy that’s a veritable study of movement. Short Works: 24 and a two-part parody of art and entertainment, The Stolen Show and [xspectacle], make up the program. The dancers’ verve and precision blend with the intelligence and humour of Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite. From its premiere at the Canada Dance Festival in Ottawa in 2004, the work has toured Canada, the United States and Asia. The Stolen Show [xspectacle] overturns “the myth that separates Art with a capital A from entertainment. Kitsch is celebrated, glitz flirts outrageously with grotesque absurdity and moments of sheer elegance. A fascinating and entertaining show.” (La Presse, Canada)


Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, a pioneer in Québec and in the young history of Canadian dance, was recently rechristened [bjm_danse]. Founded in 1972, the troupe enjoys unwavering public support both here and abroad. [bjm_danse] tours regularly, mainly in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia. When Louis Robitaille took over as artistic director in 1998, he took the love story between the company and the public in new directions. A former principal dancer with the Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Louis Robitaille set himself the task of bringing the company into the 21st century. His mission was to fuse dance styles and provide a forum to up-and-coming choreographers. The repertory was given a successful makeover, with neoclassicism taking over from jazz.

”I have never seen the dancers used more inventively than in this program.” (The Toronto Star, Canada)

”Les Ballets Jazz, making a long overdue return to the Premiere Dance Theatre, is clearly looking to a bright new future […]. What’s new is an emphasis on choreographic adventure and sophistication.” (The National Post, Canada)

Crystal Pite
A native of Victoria, British Columbia, Crystal Pite has established a name for herself as a prolific dancer and choreographer. In 1996, after eight years dancing with the Ballet British Columbia, she joined the Ballett Frankfurt under the directorship of William Forsythe, and performed such pieces as Eidos:Telos, The Loss of Small Detail and Endless House with him.

Since crafting her first choreography at a choreographic workshop organized by the Ballet British Columbia in 1990, Crystal Pite has created works for the Alberta Ballet, the Ballet Jörgen, the Ballet British Colombia and [bjm_danse] les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, where she was choreographer-in-residence from 2001 to 2004.

In 2001, the Ballett Frankfurt presented a duet created by Crystal Pite and danced by Canadian choreographer Cori Caulfield. That same year, Crystal Pite returned to Canada after her long stay in Germany and formed her company, Kidd Pivot. The excitement generated by her work has made her a regular on the most prestigious contemporary dance stages. Kidd Pivot was invited to the Festival international de nouvelle danse de Montréal in 2003, where the company performed a program entitled Uncollected Work.

“The fresh, witty and intelligent style of this renowned Canadian choreographer blends perfectly with the smooth energy of the [bjm_danse] dancers. […] She has an incredible sense of timing and a knack for conveying a precise atmosphere, rhythm or style; in a fraction of a second, it all gels.” (La Presse, Canada)

Winner of the Clifford E. Lee Choreography Award in 1995, Crystal Pite has also helped choreograph and danced in several films, including Daniel Conrad’s Subways and One Night Stand by Mike Figgis.

April 2005


Photos | Chris Randle (The Stolen Show [xspectacle]) | Mark Mushet (Crystal Pite)