Crystal Pite

Crystal Pite


Canadian choreographer and performer Crystal Pite is a former company member of Ballet British Columbia and William Forsythe’s Ballett Frankfurt. Pite’s professional choreographic debut was in 1990, at Ballet British Columbia. Since then, she has created over 40 works for companies such as Nederlands Dans Theater I, Cullberg Ballet, Ballett Frankfurt, The National Ballet of Canada, BJM - Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal (Resident Choreographer, 2001-2004), Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Ballet British Columbia, and Louise Lecavalier/Fou Glorieux. She has also collaborated with Electric Company Theatre and Robert Lepage. Crystal is Associate Choreographer of Nederlands Dans Theater I and Associate Dance Artist of Canada’s National Arts Centre. In 2013, Crystal was appointed Associate Artist at Sadler’s Wells, London.

In 2002, she formed Kidd Pivot in Vancouver. 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. Kidd Pivot tours nationally and internationally, performing such highly demanded and critically acclaimed works as Dark Matters, Lost Action, The You Show, The Tempest Replica and Betroffenheit, a co-creation with playwright and actor Jonathon Young of Electric Company Theatre.

Crystal Pite is the recipient of several awards, including three Sir Laurence Olivier Awards and the Benois de la Danse 2017 for her piece The Season’s Canon for the Opéra de Paris’ Ballet. She also received the GRAND PRIX DE LA DANSE DE MONTREAL 2018.

Danse Danse audiences could see her work numerous times, with Emergence, by The National Ballet of Canada (2010), In the Event, by Nederlands Dans Theater (2016), Solo Echo, danced by Ballet BC (2017), Revisor, by her own company Kidd Pivot (2019), The Statement by Nederlands Dans Theater (March 2020) and the webcast Body and Soul by the Paris Opera Ballet, presented in 2021.

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