Choreographer and performer Crystal Pite lives and works in Vancouver, Canada. She created works for the Cullberg Ballet, Cedar Lake, BJM-Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Ballet British Columbia, Alberta Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada and various freelance artists such as Louise Lecavallier.
From 1988 to 2001, Pite was part of Ballet British Columbia in Vancouver and William Forsythe’s Ballett Frankfurt. In 2002, she founded her own company, Kidd Pivot, in which she is the choreographer while continuing her career as a performing artist. 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. The company has toured all around the world with several shows such as Dark Matters (2009), Fault (2008), Lost Action (2006), Uncollected Work (2002) and Double Story (2004), created with Richard Siegal. In 2006, Kidd Pivot received the Alcan Awards for Arts. Kidd Pivot's residency at the Künstlerhaus Mousonturm in Frankfurt (2010-2012) provided Pite the opportunity to create and tour her most recent works, The You Show and The Tempest Replica (both 2012).
She is an associate dance artist at Canada's National Arts Centre and at Sadler's Wells, London. Since 2008 she is also associate choreographer with NDT for which she created: Pilot X (2005), The Second Person (2007), Frontier (2008), Plot Point (2010) and Parade (2013). Plot Point got nominated for the prestigious Benois de La Dance award. In the 2014/15 season, she created In the Event for NDT and she made a new work for the program Somos which premiered in February 2016.
Her work has received several Dora Mavor Moore Awards (2009, 2012), and a Jessie Richardson Theatre Award (2006). Most recently at the 2015 Laurence Olivier Awards ceremony she won the 'Outstanding Achievement in Dance award' for her choreography in A Picture of You Falling – presented as part of the production The Associates.
In Montreal, she presented Solo Echo (2017) and In the Event (2016) as well as Tempest Replica (2012) and The You Show (FTA, 2011). She went back to the Festival TransAmériques (FTA) with Betroffenheit, a piece dealing with mourning and inspired by an event experienced, written and interpreted by Jonathon Young. This piece marks, after The Statement (2015), the second collaboration with the companies Kidd Pivot and Electric Company Theatre, co-founded by Young in 1996.