Kidd Pivot / Crystal Pite

The Tempest Replica

March 2014
“… in the hands of a creative force like Pite [The Tempest] can lead to an art work of astonishing beauty and thoughtfulness.”
-Andrew Boynton, The New Yorker

    The Tempest Replica presents Shakespeareʼs play in two parallel worlds. Firstly, the play is represented as an on-stage storyboard, with the plot points of the narrative delivered minimally, through the gestures, postures, and configurations of the faceless body inside a maquette-like space. Secondly, the play is explored through a series of portraits – the characters and relationships from The Tempest are manifested through fierce physical language and emotion.

    My hope for the viewer is that, armed with the plot points of a narrative, he or she is more deeply invested in the performance: the choreography becomes more than just a dance between two people – rather, it is imbued with a story we have all shared.

    The themes of Shakespeareʼs The Tempest are resonant and beautiful. A magician bent on revenge, ultimately decides to choose virtue over vengeance, relinquishing his power and ambition in order to find his humanity. Prosperoʼs relationship to his muse, Ariel, and his monster, Caliban, is the relationship of any creator to his work, passion, obsession. The relationships between the civilized and the wild echo the tension between the conscious and the unconscious, the instinct and the intellect. The Island, like the mind, is a place of mystery, spirit and ego.

    Choreographer: Crystal Pite
    Composer: Owen Belton
    Sound Designers: Alessandro Juliani, Meg Roe
    Costume Designer: Nancy Bryant
    Lighting Designer: Robert Sondergaard
    Set Designer: Jay Gower Taylor
    Projection Designer: Jamie Nesbitt

    Integrating movement, original music, text, and rich visual design, Kidd Pivotʼs 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 companyʼs 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.

    Crystal 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, with the support of Kulturfonds Frankfurt Rhein Main, in Frankfurt, Germany from 2010 to 2012.

    Crystal Pite – Choreographer and Performer

    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.

    Crystalʼs 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. Crystal is Associate Choreographer of Nederlands Dans Theater and Associate Dance Artist of National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

    In 2002 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 (2010-2012) provided her the opportunity to create and tour her most recent works, The You Show and The Tempest Replica, with her dancers and collaborators.

    Crystal is the recipient of the Banff Centreʼs Clifford E. Lee Award (1995), the Bonnie Bird North American Choreography Award (2004), and the Isadora Award (2005). Her work has received several Dora Mavor Moore Awards (2009, 2012), and a Jessie Richardson Theatre Award (2006). She is the recipient of the 2008 Governor General of Canadaʼs Performing Arts Award, Mentorship Program. Most recently, she was awarded the 2011 Jacobʼs Pillow Dance Award, the inaugural Lola Award in 2012, and the Canada Councilʼs 2012 Jacqueline Lemieux Prize.

    New York Times Prospero Imagined Anew, With Mime

    “Piteʼs work integrates original music, text, rich visual design, and a keen sense of wit and invention. Her distinct style fuses classical elements with the complexity and freedom of structured improvisation and a strong theatrical sensibility. Pite connects to her subject through her fascination and expertise with the dancing body, and with ʻher uncanny ability to take abstract intellectual ideas and give them vivid physical form.ʼ ”
    – The Georgia Straight

    “Pite is an image-maker of rare distinction.”
    – The Australian

    “Piteʼs as energetic as a sparkler and fluid as quicksilver.”
    – Ballet Tanz

    “… her choreographies have their own language: mercurial and full of power and humor.”
    – Journal Frankfurt

    The Tempest Replica – Kidd Pivot | Crystal Pite