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Kidd Pivot Invades Royce!

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Kidd Pivot performs Crystal Pite's Lost Action Fri.-Sat. Feb. 25-26 at UCLA Live's Royce Hall. Photo by Chris Randle.
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Bringing international artists onto the Westwood campus, UCLA Live is presenting Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite this weekend at Royce Hall. With her company Kidd Pivot Frankfort RM, the artist continues her investigation into the metaphoric implications of movement and performance.

Promotional materials say that in Lost Action, the evening length work they’ll perform here, the dancers “sculpt space in real-time, working inside a form that is constantly in a state of vanishing.” Aided and abetted by an award winning original score by long-time collaborator Owen Belton, the dancers are said to “embody the physical motion and its disappearance.”

Sounds a little heady and ambiguous to me, but I think the focus is on the physicality, the movers’ virtuosity and the grit that puts it all together.

I’ve been hearing a lot about Ms. Pite over the last few years and her impressive resume includes working with William Forsythe, commissions from international ballet companies, lots of touring and a recent residency at the Kunstlerhaus Mousonturm in Frankfurt (hence the reference to the city in the company name). She is currently listed as an Associate Choreographer of Nederlands Dans Theater and, according to knowledgeable sources; she also performs in her work! The NY-based Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet presented her piece Ten Duets on a Theme of Rescue at Royce a year ago.

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