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Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite has been acclaimed as ‘one of the most talented and intriguing choreographers working today’ (New York Times). She danced with Ballet British Columbia and then with William Forsythe’s Ballett Frankfurt, before founding her own company Kidd Pivot in 2002. Pite’s work shows the influence of Forsythe’s groundbreaking style but heightened with a new lyricism and a recurrent interest in the role of narrative in dance. ‘Ultimately my interest in story has to do with connecting to people’, she told The Telegraph in 2014. ‘Everybody is looking for a story.’

Pite is perhaps best known in the UK for her work as an associate artist with Sadler’s Wells, which includes the multi-award-winning Polaris – a breathtakingly ambitious work for 64 dancers to music by Thomas Adès. In this new work for The Royal Ballet she creates a further large-scale ensemble work, to music from Górecki’s powerful ‘Symphony of Sorrowful Songs’.

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