Kidd Pivot & Electric Company Theatre | Vancouver
created by: Crystal Pite & Jonathon Young
written by: Jonathon Young
choreography, directed by: Crystal Pite
costume: Nancy Bryant
sets: Jay Gower Taylor
lighting design: Tom Visser
composition, sound design: Owen Belton, Alessandro Juliani, Meg Roe
rehearsal direction: Eric Beauchesne
additional choreography: Bryan Arias and Cindy Salgado (salsa), David Raymond (tap)
premiere: 2015, Bluma Appel Theatre, Toronto, Canada
performers: Bryan Arias, David Raymond, Cindy Salgado, Jermaine Spivey, Tiffany Tregarthen, Jonathon Young
Co-produced by PANAMANIA presented by CIBC, the arts and culture program of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games, Sadler’s Wells (London UK), The Banff Centre as part of the 2015 Performing Arts Residency Program through the support of The Stollery Family and Andrea Brussa, On the Boards and the Seattle Theatre Group through the support of Glenn Kawasaki, National Arts Centre (Ottawa), the CanDance Network, Canadian Stage (Toronto), L’Agora de la Danse (Montreal), Brian Webb Dance Company (Edmonton), and Dance Victoria (Victoria).
Electric Company Theatre and Kidd Pivot gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Province of British Columbia, British Columbia Arts Council, BC Gaming, the City of Vancouver, the Vancouver Foundation, the Koerner Foundation, the Charles and Joan Gross Family Foundation, and countless individual and business supporters.
A state of shock and bewilderment encompasses you in the wake of a disaster. It is a timeless, liminal space where you return again and again even as you struggle to gain and maintain distance, and where you keep responding to the disaster long after it has subsided. Here, a crisis-management team is keeping your emergency situation alive and present, a trusted voice is urging you to come to terms with the past, and a steady supply of “The Show” is available for all the distraction, escape and pleasure you crave. In one sense you’re the survivor and this is your refuge. In another, you’re the disaster waiting to happen. This new creation by two of Canada’s most celebrated companies is an innovative, boundary-stretching hybrid of theatre, film and dance.
Born and raised on the Canadian West Coast, choreographer and performer Crystal Pite 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 NDT 1, Cullberg Ballet, Ballet Frankfurt, The National Ballet of Canada, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal (resident choreographer, 2001-2004), Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Alberta Ballet and several independent dance artists; most recently Louise Lecavalier. Pite is associate choreographer of NDT 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”, “Lost Action”, “The You Show” and “Tempest Replica”. Kidd Pivot's residency at the Künstlerhaus Mousonturm in Frankfurt has provided her the opportunity to create and intensively present her work in Europe. Pite is the recipient of the Banff Centre’s Clifford E. Lee Award (1995), Bonnie Bird North American Choreography Award (2004) and Isadora Award (2005). Her work has received four Dora Mavor Moore Awards (2009), Jessie Richardson Theatre Award (2006) and Governor General of Canada’s Performing Arts Award (2008).
Integrating movement, original music, text, and rich visual design, Kidd Pivot’s performance work is assembled with recklessness and rigour, balancing sharp exactitude with irreverence and risk. Under the direction of internationally renowned Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite, the company’s distinct choreographic language – a breadth of movement fusing classical elements and the complexity and freedom of structured improvisation – is marked by a strong theatrical sensibility and a keen sense of wit and invention. Pite has collaborated with celebrated dance artists, theatre companies and filmmakers in Canada, Europe, and the United States. Since 2002, she has created and performed under the banner of her own company. Her work and her company have been recognized with numerous awards and commissions. Kidd Pivot tours extensively around the world with productions that include “The Tempest Replica” (2011), “The You Show” (2010), “Dark Matters” (2009), “Lost Action” (2006) and “Double Story” (2004), created with Richard Siegal. Kidd Pivot is the recipient of the 2006 Rio Tinto Alcan Performing Arts Award, and was resident company at Künstlerhaus Mousonturm in Frankfurt, from 2010 to 2012.
Betroffenheit is rare and staggering!
© The Globe and Mail
Pite is an image-maker of rare distinction.
© The Australian
The choreography and performances... were enthralling. I was so engrossed I nearly forgot to breathe... an evening of dance/theatre that’s as thrilling as it is affecting.
© Mooney on Theatre