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Crystal Pite

Choreographer

Biography

Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite made her Royal Ballet debut in the 2016/17 Season with Flight Pattern.

Pite is a former company member of Ballet British Columbia and William Forsythe’s Ballett Frankfurt. She made her professional choreographic debut in 1990 with Ballet British Columbia. She has since created more than forty works for companies including Nederlands Dans Theater (where she has been an Associate Artist since 2008), Paris Opera Ballet, Cullberg Ballet, Ballett Frankfurt, the National Ballet of Canada, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal (where she was Resident Choreographer 2001–04), Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet and Louise Lecavalier/Fou glorieux. She is an Associate Dance Artist of Canada’s National Arts Centre and in 2013 was made an Associate Artist of Sadler’s Wells. Pite formed her company Kidd Pivot in 2002. The company has gone on to win international acclaim with such works as Dark Matters, Lost Action, The You Show, The Tempest Replica and Betroffenheit.

Pite’s many awards include Banff Centre’s Clifford E. Lee Choreography Award (1995), the Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award (2004), an Isadora Duncan Dance Award (2005), the Dora Mavor Moore Award (2009, 2012), a Jessie Richardson Theatre Award (2006), the 2008 Governor General of Canada’s Performing Arts Award, the 2011 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award, the inaugural Lola Award in 2012, Canada Council’s 2012 Jacqueline Lemieux Prize and two Olivier Awards (2015 for Polaris, and 2017 for Betroffenheit).

Videos

News and features

Listen: Crystal Pite on why dance is a universal language

Listen: Crystal Pite on why dance is a universal language

27 April 2017

The award-winning choreographer talks about the influence of William Forsythe and the power of her art form.

The pieces that made Thomas Adès

The pieces that made Thomas Adès

21 April 2017

The British composer has been at the vanguard of new music throughout his career, as demonstrated by these must-hear works.

What makes a good dance score?

What makes a good dance score?

11 April 2017

Graceful Tchaikovsky, vivacious Stravinsky, angular minimalist music - or something else? We explore what makes the best music for ballet and beyond.