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Kidd Pivot: The Tempest Replica

By Julye Huggins

Kidd Pivot is set to perform The Tempest Replica in its hometown of Vancouver, presented by DanceHouse November 9th and 10th. After a couple of tour stops in the United States, the show then hits Edmonton, November 23rd and 24th.Choreographer Crystal Pite plays with motifs from Shakespeare’s The Tempest in her most recent creation for her company. On one hand, the island presents a metaphor for isolation and captivity. On the other hand, the cityscape stirs up longing and nostalgia. Stark white figures help to advance the plot structure, but the emotion of the scenes is fleshed out in the articulate bodies of the dancers. This video features company dancers Èric Beauchesne, Peter Chu, Sandra Marín Garcia, Yannick Matthon, Jiří Pokorný, Cindy Salgado and Jermaine Maurice Spivey. Noted on the company’s website, the work “is assembled with recklessness and rigour, balancing sharp exactitude with irreverence and risk. Pite’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.” Today at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, dance critic and writer Deborah Myers is offering an interactive talk about Pite’s role and influence locally and internationally. Also associated with the show’s programming, Pite will be hosting a improvisation master class for professionals and advanced pre-professionals on November 10th.Be sure to check out the Summer Annual 2010 issue of The Dance Current print magazine for an item on Crystal Pite’s work.
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