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Crystal Pite and the world stage

Crystal Pite © Joris-Jan Bos
The Tempest Replica, a re-imagining of Shakespeare's The Tempest by dancer-choreographer Crystal Pite, had its world premiere in Frankfurt, Germany in October 2011, and its Canadian premiere at the NAC in September 2012 © Joris-Jan Bos

In a NAC Dance Podcast interview with Cathy Levy in 2009 at the time of her show Dark Matters, the acclaimed Vancouver dancer-choreographer Crystal Pite spoke about her first time coming to the NAC.

It was 25 years ago, and she was then a dancer with Ballet British Columbia.

“All I remember is how cold I was. I had never experienced winter like that,” she said. " And I did not own a proper winter coat, because I was from the west coast."

Dressed only in a rain jacket in minus 40 weather and with her eyelashes frozen, she circled the building, trudging through deep and struggling to find the stage door.

Twenty years later, as she wandered the now-familiar backstage halls in advance of performing her work Dark Matters, she thought about how much her relationship with the NAC had deepened.

“I was struck by how much the NAC had become a home for me, and how it's really part of my creative life, and my experience of being Canadian too.”

Levy has supported Crystal Pite, who is now an NAC Associate Dance Artist, and her company Kidd Pivot since the beginning. Her shows Dark Matters, Tempest Replica and, until recently, Lost Action, are touring in the U.S. and in Europe. All are NAC co-productions.

“Co-producing allows the NAC to be one of a number of important organizations around the world that are investing in the creation of dance,” said Cathy Levy, Executive Producer of Dance. “Artists need resources, and the NAC’s piece of the pie helps make a new work happen.”

The NAC has a long history of partnering with Canadian artists, helping them develop new work that will eventually shine on the world stage.

“As long as Crystal is invited to perform those works anywhere in the world, whether it’s in Frankfurt or in Calgary, the NAC’s name is attached. It means that we are ambassadors as Canadian dance leaders in the world. We’re showing our commitment, and that our commitment is long-term.”

NAC co-productions with Kidd Pivot that have toured internationally:

Lost Action
Canada, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, United Kingdom, United States

Dark Matters
Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland, United States

The Tempest Replica
Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Monaco, United Kingdom, United States


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