Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite’s The You Show gives shape to storylines of love, conflict, and loss with movements ranging from sharp precision to reckless irreverence. Performed by the dynamic dancers of Kidd Pivot, this captivating series of four short, contrasting pieces is set to an original score by composer Owen Belton.
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Crystal Pite, (choreographer) born and raised on the Canadian West Coast, is a former company member of Ballet British Columbia and William Forsythe's Ballett Frankfurt. Pite’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. Pite is Associate Choreographer of Nederlands Dans Theater and Associate Dance Artist of National Arts Centre in Ottawa. In 2001 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 create her most recent works, The You Show and 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 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.
Photos by Jorg Baumann