In the Eye of the Beholder
Making use of slow motion, pauses and flashbacks, Crystal Pite has forged a kaleidoscopic piece where the image of love is shattered by its own reflection. A banal marital incident becomes a battle of the titans, as a couple’s breakup is told by voiceover narration. The atmosphere is unreal, fantastical; the nine dancers astounding. A perfect alchemy of movement, sound and lighting stimulates the spectator’s imagination. She pulls them into the very heart of the action, making the audience itself the subject of The You Show.
The Vancouver choreographer combines humour and sensitivity in a series of short, contrasting pieces. Her heightened sense of theatricality shifts from lyricism to hilarious outbursts presented comic book style. Moving from tension to release in half a second, she breaks down the movement with organic gestures that convey both the vulnerability of the characters and the incredible power of the human machine. Both serious and playful, it is an outstanding piece.
Crystal Pite – Magnetic Dancer, Prolific Choreographer
Born in British Columbia, Crystal Pite began her with Ballet BC before being hired by William Forsythe to dance with Ballet Frankfurt. She earned acclaim as a dancer for more than a decade, while also working as a choreographer for independent dance artists and big companies such as Cullberg Ballet. A former resident choreographer at BJM Danse, she is now an associate dance artist with the National Arts Centre in Ottawa and an associate choreographer with the Nederlands Dans Theater. She has some thirty works to her credit inspired by themes such as loss in Lost Action, solidarity in Emergence or love in The You Show.
Kidd Pivot in Frankfurt
Based in Vancouver since 2001, Kidd Pivot is currently the in-house dance company at the Mousonturm centre in Frankfurt, Germany. Kidd for the outlaw, the pirate, for irreverence and recklessness; Pivot for precise, accomplished movement that changes everything. Crystal Pite’s work is often quite theatrical, supported by atmospheric lighting and by the musical contributions of composer Owen Belton. She works with outstanding performers for duets (Uncollected Works and Double Story) and ensemble pieces such as Dark Matters.
“Her style is influenced by her time with William Forsythe, but her choreographies have their own language: mercurial and full of power and humor.”
Esther Boldt, Journal Frankfurt, 23/10/2010
”With just two evenings, an unconventional, confident choreographic voice has been established in Frankfurt.”
Silvia Staude, Frankfurter Rundschau, 6/11/2010
“In her first Frankfurt production Dark Matters, Crystal Pite had already proven what various narratives she commands; now, in four variations, she is showing how fresh, clear and lively her choreographic signature is.”
Stefan Benz, Darmstädter Echo, 6/11/2010
“[…] a quiet dance style, with meditative sounds lapping at its edges, full of elegance, grace and intimacy that doubles the phrases like shadow theater and reveals its ballet heritage in its flowing gentleness and emotionality.”
Marcus Hladek, Frankfurter Neue Presse, 6/11/2010
“Altogether, the dancers are fantastic. Pure joy to watch them in their artistic ecstasy of movement. […] Dreamily beautiful, misty images on an empty black and dark stage. Great atmosphere, excellent lighting.”
Josef Becker, Bild, 8/11/2010
PRODUCED BY KIDD PIVOT FRANKFURT RM
CHOREOGRAPHY CRYSTAL PITE PERFORMED BY ERIC BEAUCHESNE + PETER CHU + SANDRA MARÍN GARCIA + YANNICK MATTHON + RENA NARUMI + ANNE PLAMONDON + JIŘÍ POKORNÝ + CINDY SALGADO + JERMAINE MAURICE
SPIVEY MUSIC OWEN BELTON TEXT CRYSTAL PITE LIGHTING DESIGN ROBERT SONDERGAARD COSTUME DESIGN LINDA CHOW
COPRODUCTION KIDD PIVOT FRANKFURT RM + KÜNSTLERHAUS MOUSONTURM + GEMEINNÜTZIGER KULTURFONDS FRANKFURT RHEIN MAIN CO-PRESENTED BY AGORA DE LA DANSE
PRESENTED WITH THE SUPPORT OF GOETHE INSTITUT
PREMIERED AT KÜNSTLERHAUS MOUSONTURM, FRANKFURT, NOVEMBER 2010
WRITTEN BY FABIENNE CABADO TRANSLATED BY NEIL KROETSCH
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED / FESTIVAL TRANSAMÉRIQUES