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Dancer and choreographer Crystal Pite will be making her third Danse Danse appearance. This time, she and her company, Kidd Pivot – winner of the Isadora Award (2005) and the Alcan Performing Arts Award (2006) – will be here to perform Lost Action, a work for seven dancers copresented by l’Agora de la danse. Crystal Pite, increasingly in the spotlight both here and abroad, already has a devoted Montreal following. Local audiences have been treated to her talents as a choreographer, including in the Danse Danse presentations The Stolen Show [xspectacle], performed by [bjm_danse] in 2005-2006, and Lone Epic, a solo created for Louise Lecavalier that was included in our 2006-2007 season.

Lost Action
With Lost Action, premiered at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre in March 2006, Crystal Pite continues to explore the concept of representation. The dancers sculpt space in real time, creating movement – and meaning – that vanish the moment they appear. This constant proximity of the void lies at the core of Lost Action. The dancers embody dance and its disappearance at the same time, a poignant reminder of the inevitable decay of their labour and their bodies. Lost Action features brilliant, hand-picked dancers, specially assembled for the piece. Owen Belton, Crystal Pite’s longtime collaborator, composed the show’s soundtrack.

 
 

“[Lost Action] thoughtfully explores kinetic expressions of aggression and loss. The result is intelligent, deeply moving dance of great choreographic richness.” (Dance Magazine)

Crystal Pite
A British Columbia native currently living in Vancouver, Crystal Pite danced with Ballet British Columbia from 1988 to 1996 before joining the Ballett Frankfurt under William Forsythe. In her dancing career, she has performed works by choreographers such as John Alleyne, Serge Bennathan, James Kudelka, David Earle and William Forsythe.

As a choreographer, Crystal Pite has worked with the Alberta Ballet, the Ballet Jörgen Canada, Ballet British Columbia and [bjm_danse], where she was choreographer in residence from 2001 to 2004, as well as independent dancers. More recently, she was commissioned by the Nederland Dans Theater to create a ballet for a shared program danced by Jirí Kylián and William Forsythe. Crystal Pite has won many prizes, including the Clifford E. Lee Choreography Award and the Bonnie Bird North American Choreography Award from the Centre in London. Her distinctive signature choreography involves body movements that fuse elements of classical dance with the complexity and freedom of structured improvisation. Her work is also imbued with an intense theatricality and her characteristic wit and invention.

Outside of Kidd Pivot, Pite occasionally works with Canadian, American and European artists in dance, theatre and film. She recently choreographed the film The Score, directed by The Electric Company.

“Pite’s strength is how she works her ideas physically, exploring them in kinetic terms to make thrilling choreography.” (The Dance Current)

Kidd Pivot
Founded by Crystal Pite in Vancouver in 2001, Kidd Pivot already has an enviable reputation on the international contemporary dance circuit. The company’s first production, Uncollected Work, had its premiere in Germany in May 2003 then went on to tour Canada, stopping at the Festival international de nouvelle danse in Montréal that same year. The company’s next show, Double Story (2004), was choreographed with Richard Siegal, a former dancer with the Ballett Frankfurt, and presented in Europe and Canada, including at the Cinquième salle at Place des Arts in May 2006. Kidd Pivot productions integrate movement, original music, text and rich visual design; they are daring and disciplined works that maintain a balance between strict precision, risk and irreverence.

Duration: 75 minutes, no intermission

www.kiddpivot.org

Credits
World Premiere
24 March 2006, The Vancouver East Cultural Centre

Choreographer: Crystal Pite
Performers: Eric Beauchesne, Francine Liboiron, Malcolm Low, Yannick Matthon, Crystal Pite, Anne Plamondon, Victor Quijada
Original Music: Owen Belton
Recorded text created and performed by: Eric Beauchesne, Malcolm Low, Yannick Matthon, Crystal Pite, Victor Quijada
Lighting Design: Jonathan Ryder
Stage and Production Manager: Julie-anne Saroyan
Apprentice / Assistant to the Choreographer: Mara Branscombe
Technical Director: Jason Dubois
Costumes: Linda Chow
Scenic Painter: Louise de Gagné
Photography: Chris Randle
Videography: Lenke Sifko
Producer: Jim Smith*
General Manager: Bernard Sauvé*
Production and Tour Manager: Stefan Udell*
Marketing and Communications: Heather McDermid*
* Eponymous

This production was made possible by the generous support of the Alcan Performing Arts Award (Winner – Dance 2006). Lost Action was first performed at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre on March 24 to April 1, 2006.

Lost Action is a co-production of The CanDance Network Creation Fund, L’Agora de la danse, Harbourfront Centre, The Brian Webb Dance Company, The National Arts Centre and supported by The Canada Council Dance Section. Lost Action is a co-production of The Banff Centre and Astrid Dance.

Owen Belton was commissioned with the assistance of the Province of British Columbia through Spirit of BC.

Kidd Pivot gratefully acknowledges the support of The Canada Council for the Arts, the Province of British Columbia through BC Arts Council and BC Gaming, The City of Vancouver, The Koerner Foundation, The Hamber Foundation and The Dance Centre.

Eponymous gratefully acknowledges the support of The Canada Council for the Arts.

Kidd Pivot wishes to thank Dory Dynna, Richard Marcuse, Barry McKinnnon, Jenna Newman, Imperial Tobacco Arts Council and Ballet British Columbia for their generous support.

Photos Chris Randlen | Dancers photo 01 - Victor Quijada, Malcolm Low, Dancers photo 02 - Victor Quijada, Malcolm Low, Eric Beauchesne, Yannick Matthon

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