Canadian choreographer 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 50 works for companies such as The Paris Opera Ballet, The Royal Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater 1, Cullberg Ballet, Ballett Frankfurt, The National Ballet of Canada, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal (Resident Choreographer, 2001–2004), Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, and Ballet British Columbia. She has also collaborated with Electric Company Theatre and Robert Lepage.
The recipient of numerous awards for artistic excellence, including the 2017 Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production and, most recently, the 2018 Grand Prix de la danse de Montréal (PDM), Pite is an Associate Choreographer of Nederlands Dans Theater, Associate Dance Artist of Canada’s National Arts Centre, and Associate Artist at Sadler’s Wells, London.
In 2002, she formed her own company, Kidd Pivot, in Vancouver.Read full NAC bio ›
Canadian actor/writer Jonathon Young has collaborated on the making of over 20 original productions with Electric Company Theatre including: Tear the Curtain! (a film/theatre hybrid for Arts Club Theatre and Canadian Stage), No Exit (a re-working of Jean-Paul Sartre’s play performed in San Francisco at the American Conservatory Theatre) and Studies in Motion (Vancouver Playhouse, Edmonton Citadel, Theatre Calgary, Canadian Stage). In addition, Jonathon has worked across Canada as a freelance actor. Some recent projects include: All But Gone (Necessary Angel, Toronto), The Waiting Room (Arts Club Theatre, Vancouver), The Great Gatsby (Theatre Calgary), Hamlet (Bard on the Beach Festival, Vancouver).
Jonathon has collaborated with Crystal Pite on two projects for Nederlands Dans Theater: Parade and The Statement, which was performed at New York City Center in November 2016. Jonathon is a recipient of the UK National Dance Award and several Jessie Richardson Awards for acting and writing.
Doug Letheren is from New Hampshire, US, and is a graduate of The Juilliard School. He danced with Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Hell’s Kitchen Dance before joining the Batsheva Dance Company, where he worked with Ohad Naharin and Sharon Eyal from 2007–2012 and became a teacher of Gaga, Ohad’s movement language. Letheren was a founding member of Sharon’s company, L-E-V, until 2015. He has assisted her work for companies such as Nederlands Dans Theater and the Royal Swedish Opera. He has also worked with Bobbi Smith, Adam Linder, Aszure Barton, and the GoteborgsOperans Danskompani, and is currently a member of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, performing the works of Pina and Alan Lucien Øyen.
Doug Letheren is a recipient of the 2007 Movado Future Legends Award, nominated by Mikhail Baryshnikov. He joined Kidd Pivot in 2018.
Rena Narumi was born in Tokyo, Japan. She trained at Centre d’art chorégraphique Franco-Japonais in Paris, France and Arts Umbrella dance graduate program in Vancouver, BC under the direction of Artemis Gordon and Lynn Shepard. Since her graduation, she has performed with ProArteDanza, Hessischen Staatstheaters Wiesbaden, Royal Swedish Ballet (RSB), Nederlands Dans Theater 1 (NDT1). She has worked with renowned choreographers such as Mats Ek, Crystal Pite, Ohad Naharin, Sol Leon/Paul Lightfoot, Johan Ingar, Alexander Ekman, Orjan Andersson, Sharon Eyal, Franck Chartier/Gabriela Carrizo (Peeping Tom), Emily Molnar, and more. With RSB in Sweden, she performed the main role of Juliet in Juliet and Romeo by Mats Ek in many theaters, including Paris Opera Garnier in Paris and Sadler’s Welles Theater in London. With NDT1, she traveled all over the world to perform.
She was an apprentice with Kidd Pivot for the 2010–2011 season, part of the artistic team for The You Show. Delighted to be back with Kidd Pivot, she is part of the new creation of Revisor.
Matthew Peacock was born in Seoul, Korea and raised in New York, where he began his dance training. Upon graduating high school, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in commercial dance where he has performed with artists such as Ariana Grande, Madonna, The 1975 and Selena Gomez. In 2008, he performed as a soloist in Cirque du Soleil’s LOVE in Las Vegas, NV. He has performed with Odyssey Dance Theatre and CHUTHIS. Dance Group, performing works of Mia Michaels, Daniel Ezralow, Justin Giles and Peter Chu. Since returning to Los Angeles, Peacock has been quickly establishing himself as a creative director and choreographer, working on projects for Billie Eilish, Jared Leto, Cardi B, One Republic, Demi Lovato and Børns. This is his first season with Kidd Pivot.
Born and raised in Penticton, BC, David Raymond began as a tap dancer and continued to train in classical and other forms of dance, forming Over the Influence with four street dancers. In 2004, he entered a two-year creative residency with Tiffany Tregarthen in Antwerp, Belgium. Upon returning to Vancouver in 2007, they founded Out Innerspace Dance Theatre to serve as the home for their creative work, and Modus Operandi as a platform to develop and share their practice with young artists. Raymond has performed with Company 605, Wen Wei Dance, Response Dance, Dana Gingras, Simone Orlando, Beijing Modern Dance, Vancouver Opera, and move:thecompany.
Born in Israel in 1984, Ella Rothschild is a dancer, choreographer and multidisciplinary artist. She has danced with Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak Dance Company and Batsheva Dance Company under the artistic direction of Ohad Naharin. Since 2010, Rothschild has been creating her own works in collaboration with various artists from different disciplines. Her work integrates dance, visual art and music.
In 2016, Rothschild received the Rosenblum Performing Arts Award from the city of Tel Aviv for promising creator of 2016, and the Ministry Cultural Award of 2016. From 2016 to 2018, she worked with Acord, 12 Postdated Checks, Judah, Jesus With Soy, Sal, Flood, Dood, and IMO the mouth is redundant, performing in New York, Tokyo, and Tel Aviv.
In 2018, she created Feed, for Cia Eliane Fetzer de Dança contemporânea (Curitiba, Brazil) as part of the Brazil/Israel Project. She is currently dancing for Kidd Pivot and has created a new work for BTT Dance Company (Torino, Italy) that premiered in December 2018.
Cindy Salgado has been a proud member of Kidd Pivot since 2009. Since graduating from the Juilliard School with the Princess Grace Award in 2005, she has performed with Aszure Barton and Artists, Peter Chu's CHUTHIS., and on various projects for Mia Michaels and Andy Blankenbuehler. As a choreographer, Salgado has collaborated with writers Alejandro Rodriguez and Daniel Watts, directors Jesse Perez and Mauricio Salgado, choreographers Yvon Crazy Smooth Soglo of B-boyizm and Jermaine Spivey, and cinematographers Yazmany Arboleda and Devin Jamieson among other great artists.
Cindy Salgado is a faculty member for New York City Dance Alliance and the co-founder of Artists Striving To End Poverty (ASTEP). She was an Assistant Rehearsal Director for Cedar Lake and has assisted on Cirque du Soleil's Delirium and in pre-production on Hamilton, In The Heights, and other Broadway shows.
Renée Sigouin was born and raised in Saskatchewan and moved to Vancouver in 2008, where she studied at post-secondary contemporary dance program Modus Operandi under the mentorship of Tiffany Tregarthen and David Raymond. Since graduating from the program in 2012, she has performed locally, nationally and internationally in works by Vancouver-based companies Out Innerspace Dance Theatre, Company 605, Wen Wei Dance, Mascall Dance, Kinesis Dance Somatheatro, EDAM, Constance Cooke and Emmalena Fredriksson. She joined Kidd Pivot as apprentice in 2018.
Jermaine Maurice Spivey was born in Baltimore, Maryland, where he began his dance training and later attended performing arts high school at the Baltimore School for the Arts. After graduating with a BFA in dance from The Juilliard School in 2002, he moved to Lisbon, Portugal, where he danced with Ballet Gulbenkian from 2002 to 2005. In 2005, Spivey joined the Cullberg Ballet, where he met Crystal Pite, and performed with the company until the summer of 2008. He has received several awards in dance including the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts 1st Level Scholarship and the Princess Grace Award. Jermaine Spivey has been performing with Kidd Pivot since August 2008.
Born in Prince George, BC, Tiffany Tregarthen’s early mentors include Margo Hartley, Rosemarie Harris, Linda Klassen, Rachael Poirier and Yaming Li. Her professional career began with Mia Michaels RAW and Wes Veldink in New York and POZ Dance Theatre in Seoul. Tregarthen spent two years of professional development centred in Antwerp with her partner David Raymond before returning to co-create Out Innerspace Dance Theatre and its associated post-secondary dance program Modus Operandi. Additionally, she created a work for Les Grands Ballets Canadiens through their National Young Choreographer Competition, has danced with The Turning Point Ensemble, Radix Theatre, The Beijing Modern Dance Company, The Vancouver Opera, Company 605, Wen Wei Dance, and Justine Chambers among others, and joined Kidd Pivot in 2013.
Owen Belton, who is based in Vancouver, Canada, graduated from Simon Fraser University in 1993 with a degree in Fine and Performing Arts (concentration, Music), and studied acoustic and computer music composition with Owen Underhill and Barry Truax. He has been writing music for dance since 1994 when he created the music for Shapes of a Passing, for choreographer Crystal Pite's piece for Toronto-based Ballet Jorgen. Since then, he has created many scores for dance companies including Kidd Pivot, The National Ballet of Canada, Nederlands Dans Theater, Cullberg Ballet in Stockholm, Ballet Nuremberg, Oregon Ballet Theater and 420 People in Prague. Since 2008, Owen Belton has also been creating sound design and composing for theatre, working mainly for theatre companies in Vancouver. Additionally, he has also scored several short films.
Alessandro Juliani and Meg Roe are Canadian theatre artists based in Vancouver. Their work has been seen and heard across Canada and internationally in conjunction with The Shaw Festival, Canadian Stage, Factory Theatre, Centaur Theatre, Bard on the Beach, Ruby Slippers Theatre, Electric Company Theatre, Blackbird Theatre, Arts Club, The Vancouver Playhouse, Pi Theatre, Rumble Theatre, the National Arts Centre, Theatre Calgary, Alberta Theatre Projects, Theatre Junction, Citadel Theatre, Belfry, Intrepid Theatre, Theatre SKAM, Theatre Aquarius, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Western Canada Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare Festival, American Conservatory Theater (San Francisco), Center Theater Group (LA), and the Britten/Pears Festival (UK). They are thrilled to be working with Kidd Pivot.
Meg Roe and Alessandro Juliani are Canadian theatre artists based in Vancouver. Their work has been seen and heard across Canada and internationally in conjunction with The Shaw Festival, Canadian Stage, Factory Theatre, Centaur Theatre, Bard on the Beach, Ruby Slippers Theatre, Electric Company Theatre, Blackbird Theatre, Arts Club, The Vancouver Playhouse, Pi Theatre, Rumble Theatre, the National Arts Centre, Theatre Calgary, Alberta Theatre Projects, Theatre Junction, Citadel Theatre, Belfry, Intrepid Theatre, Theatre SKAM, Theatre Aquarius, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Western Canada Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare Festival, American Conservatory Theater (San Francisco), Center Theater Group (LA), and the Britten/Pears Festival (UK). They are thrilled to be working with Kidd Pivot.
Jay Gower Taylor started out in theatre as a professional dancer where he enjoyed an international career spanning more than 20 years. As a set designer he has collaborated with Crystal Pite over the last decade, creating onstage environments for works such as Plot Point, Frontier, Solo Echo, Parade, In the Event and The Statement for Nederlands Dans Theater; Emergence for the National Ballet of Canada; Polaris for Sadler’s Wells, London; and Dark Matters, The Tempest Replica, and Betroffenheit for Kidd Pivot. Recently, Jay Gower Taylor designed The Seasons’ Canon for The Paris Opera Ballet, and Flight Pattern for The Royal Ballet, London.
Nancy lives in Vancouver, BC, and designs costumes for dance, theatre, opera and film. Works with Crystal Pite include The Seasons’ Canon (Paris Opera), Parade and Plot Point (Nederlands Dans Theater) and The Tempest Replica (Kidd Pivot). Costume designs for theatre include Helen Lawrence (Stan Douglas Inc.), The Overcoat (Canadian Stage) and Tear the Curtain (Arts Club/Electric Company Theatre). Designs for opera include Das Rheingold, The Flying Dutchman, Rodelinda (The Pacific Opera), and Sweeney Todd (Vancouver Opera). Nancy has received a Leo (film) Award for Legend of Earthsea, multiple Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards and the 2014 Mayor’s Arts Award for Vancouver Theatre.
Tom Visser grew up in the countryside of west Ireland. At the age of 18 he started working in music theatre through his theatrical family. After six years, he started working in dance through the Nederlands Dans Theater. Since 2005, he has created original designs for choreographers Crystal Pite, Alexander Ekman, Johan Inger, Stijn Celis, Lukas Timulak, Sharon Eyal and Hofesh Shechter, just to name a few. RecentlyTom Visser has been creating his own projects through art installations and interactive media.
Born in Québec, Eric Beauchesne grew up fishing and hunting before discovering dance at the age of 16. A graduate of École supérieure de danse du Québec, he has been on stage with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe and Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, as well as with Canadian contemporary dance icons such as La Fondation Jean-Pierre Perrault, Paul-André Fortier, Louise Lecavalier and Crystal Pite. Company member since 2004, he currently collaborates with Kidd Pivot as rehearsal director, and stages Pite’s work on companies worldwide including Cullberg Ballet, Ballet British Columbia, National Ballet of Canada, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Ballet Zürich. Beauchesne has served as guest teacher and faculty for several organizations such as École de danse contemporaine de Montréal, Arts Umbrella Vancouver, Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation and Dutch National Ballet Academy among others, as well as rehearsal director for Nederlands Dans Theater. He currently resides in Holland, and devotes most of his spare time advocating for climate action and sustainable practices in the dance world.