Sparks (1) : Kidd Pivot

Sparks is a new series in which Club Inégales Embedded Artist Alex Roth invites guests to tell us about something which has inspired them or takes a sideways glance at contemporary culture – here leading by example.

Kidd Pivot is the dance company directed by Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite. My first encounter with Pite’s work was at Sadler’s Wells last year when she presented an epic interpretation of Thomas Ades’s Polaris, which the composer describes as a “voyage for orchestra”. The scale of the piece, performed live by the Britten Sinfonia and over 60 dancers, took my breath away. But Pite’s work packs just as powerful a punch in more intimate pieces. The fiercely expressive movement of A Picture of You, Falling (a duet forming part of the feature-length The You Show) connects on a direct, emotional level, with a complete lack of pretentiousness. Other works include the Shakespearean The Tempest Replica, the dance/puppetry hybrid Dark Matters, and Pite’s latest piece Betroffenheit, a dance theatre collaboration between Kidd Pivot and Electric Company Theatre.

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