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
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
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
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.
minutes, no intermission
24 March 2006, The Vancouver East Cultural Centre
Choreographer: Crystal Pite
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
Lighting Design: Jonathan Ryder
Stage and Production Manager: Julie-anne
Apprentice / Assistant to the Choreographer:
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
Marketing and Communications: Heather
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