• Created by Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young

From the team that brought you the ground-breaking, award-winning productions of Betroffenheit and Revisor, comes Kidd Pivot’s latest offering: a dance theatre hybrid that promises the company’s signature wit and invention.   

Co-creators Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young assemble eight magnificent performers in a new work that explores our need to congregate and belong. In a gathering place that doubles as community hall and mythic realm, we witness the joys and dangers of devoted like-mindedness and the pain of exile.  

Fuelling Kidd Pivot’s work is a fascination with story and the role of language as an animating force.  

© Renée Sigouin

Company

World-renowned for radical hybrids of dance and theatre, Kidd Pivot creations are assembled with a keen sense of wit and invention. Led by Canadian choreographer and director Crystal Pite, the company is unflinching in the face of such challenging and complex themes as trauma, addiction, conflict, consciousness and mortality. Pite’s bold and original vision has earned her international acclaim and inspired an entire generation of dance artists. 

Kidd Pivot strives to distill and translate universal questions into artworks that connect us to profound and essential parts of humanity. “Running through all of our work is the question of what moves us,” says Pite. 

Kidd Pivot tours internationally with critically acclaimed works such as Betroffenheit and Revisor (both co-created with playwright Jonathon Young), The Tempest Replica, Dark Matters, Lost Action, and The You Show. Since 2015, Kidd Pivot has measured its touring carbon footprint and offset over 1,000 tonnes of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent), enabling it to be one of the first dance companies to tour carbon neutral. 

Creative team

  • Created by Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young
  • Written by Jonathon Young
  • Choreographed and directed by Crystal Pite
  • Composition and sound design Owen Belton, Alessandro Juliani, Meg Roe
  • Scenic design Jay Gower Taylor
  • Visual / video design Cybèle Young
  • Lighting design Tom Visser
  • Costume design Nancy Bryant
  • Assistant to the creators Eric Beauchesne
  • Dancers Brandon Alley, Livona Ellis, Rakeem Hardy, Gregory Lau, Doug Letheren, Rena Narumi, Ella Rothschild, Renée Sigouin

National Creation Fund investment

The National Creation Fund’s investment of $210,000 will support an extended technical residency with the creative team and cast, as well as the further development of the set, costumes, video sequences and sound design.  

Credits

Co-produced by Sadler’s Wells (London, UK), Théâtre de la Ville (Paris,  France), Centro Servizi Culturali Santa Chiara (Trento, Italy), National Arts Centre (Ottawa, Canada), Seattle Theatre Group (Seattle, US), Canadian Stage (Toronto, Canada), DanceHouse (Vancouver, Canada), Danse Danse (Montreal, Canada), Le Diamant (Quebec, Canada), Electric Company Theatre (Vancouver, Canada). 

With additional support from: Canada Council for the Arts, British Columbia Arts Council, City of Vancouver Cultural Services, The Dance Centre (Vancouver, Canada). 

Developed with support from the National Arts Centre's National Creation Fund.

Past performances

Presented by DanceHouse Oct 26 - Oct 28, 2023 Vancouver Playhouse (Vancouver)
Presented by NAC Dance Nov 2 - Nov 4, 2023 Babs Asper Theatre, National Arts Centre (Ottawa)
Presented by Danse Danse Nov 29 - Dec 2, 2023 Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts (Montréal)
Presented by Canadian Stage Dec 6 - Dec 9, 2023 Bluma Appel Theatre (Toronto)
Presented by Le Diamant Dec 14 - Dec 16, 2023 Le Diamant (Québec)
Presented by Sadler's Wells Mar 20 - Dec 23, 2023 Sadler's Wells Theatre (London)