Canadian Dance Group Kidd Pivot Makes Columbus Debut

Canadian Dance Group Kidd Pivot Makes Columbus Debut

Thu, Sep 17, 2009

“A promising artistic voice.”—The New York Times, naming this show one of the highlights of the dance season

Canadian dance company Kidd Pivot, led by rising-star choreographer Crystal Pite—also a former member of William Forsythe’s famed Frankfurt Ballet—makes its Columbus debut with the new work Lost Action in Ohio State’s Thurber Theatre Tuesday, September 29 at 8 pm. Presented by the Wexner Center, the 70-minute work is a dynamic rumination on love and loss, emotionally charged and thrilling in its virtuosic physicality.

Taking its title from military terminology drawn from the field of combat, Lost Action builds images of interpersonal engagement, dissolving relationships and mourning with rapid-fire phrases that quickly shift from loose subtlety to fierce bursts of kinetic energy.

Dance audiences who were engaged by the choreographic inquiry in the Wexner Center exhibition William Forsythe: Transfigurations (in spring of 2009) will be intrigued to see how Crystal Pite and Kidd Pivot take Forsythe’s ideas in fresh directions. The Globe and Mail called this ensemble “always inventive…positively brilliant.”

CALENDAR INFORMATION: Kidd Pivot presents Lost Action Tuesday, September 29 at 8 pm in the Drake Center’s Thurber Theatre, 1849 Cannon Dr. on the Ohio State University campus. Run time: 70 minutes, no intermission. Tickets are $20 for the general public, $17 for Wexner Center members and BalletMet subscribers, and $10 for students. Call 614 292-3535 or visit ticketmaster.com (1-800-745-3000). More information: wexarts.org.

Pite has danced with the Ballet British Columbia, the Alberta Ballet, and the Frankfurt Ballet under the direction of William Forsythe. She currently serves as associate choreographer of the prestigious Nederlands Dans Theater. In 1995 she was the youngest person to ever receive the prestigious Clifford E. Lee Choreographic Award. Pite started Kidd Pivot in 2001. For more information about Pite and Kidd Pivot, visit kiddpivot.org.

While at the Wexner Center, Pite offered a master class in technique to students in Ohio State’s Department of Dance. At the session students also had the opportunity to hear how Pite’s experience with the Frankfurt Ballet served as a touchstone to developing her own approach to dance making.


EVENT SUPPORT

This program is presented by the Wexner Center in association with BalletMet.

Major support for the Wexner Center’s 2009–10 performing arts season is generously provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Accommodations provided by The Blackwell Inn.

SEASON SUPPORT

ALSO UPCOMING IN DANCE: Grupo de Rua’s H 3 Sunday, January 10 at 8 pm, Drake Center’s Thurber Theatre This Rio de Janeiro-based, all male troupe (making its Columbus debut), has fast become an international sensation for its fresh take on hip hop and contemporary dance.

 All performing arts programs and events also receive support from the Corporate Annual Fund of the Wexner Center Foundation and Wexner Center members, as well as from the Greater Columbus Arts Council, The Columbus Foundation, Nationwide Foundation, and the Ohio Arts Council.

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