December 14, 2018
Back home in Vancouver last June, Crystal Pite received an honorary doctor of fine arts degree from Simon Fraser University. At the ceremony, the dean of the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology, Aoife MacNamara, introduced Pite as “an internationally renowned Canadian choreographer, whose works are sought by some of the world’s best dance companies, including the Paris Opera Ballet and the Royal Ballet.” MacNamara noted the work Pite choreographed in 2014 for SFU dance students, Singularity, performed at the university’s downtown Woodward’s campus.
Singularity also included students from Arts Umbrella, where Pite has a longstanding relationship as guest faculty, and Modus Operandi, a school run by David Raymond and Tiffany Tregarthen, who dance with Pite’s company, Kidd Pivot. This kind of project is a good example of how, despite the pace of her international career, Pite remains embedded in her local community.
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