Crystal Pite with the Paris Opera Ballet
Acclaimed for her ability to write pieces for a large number of dancers, Crystal Pite has once again succeeded in creating a ballet for 36 dancers that immerses us with force and virtuosity in the chosen theme: duality, especially separation versus connection. This compelling work reflects our contradictory desires as human beings: the will to exist as individuals with all our uniqueness while clamouring to belong to a community, a group, or society.
The poignant narrative, brought to life through sound effects and recorded voice, amplifies the movements of the dancers as they transform into characters with whom we readily identify.
"It’s unity, however, that I'm really looking for. Everything I do stems from a desire to connect with people, and to connect people with each other.”
Crystal Pite, choreographer.
Everything I do stems from a desire to connect with people, and to connect people with each other.
Interview with Crystal Pite
The BNP Paribas Foundation’s determination to support contemporary creation in the field of the performing arts is reflected in the attentive, personalised support it delivers to choreographers in the development of their projects and companies.
Truly in line with its corporate philanthropy, the Foundation’s partnership approach is to commit to the long run since it aims to provide artists with the time and freedom they need: essential conditions for artistic creation.
The Foundation supports five cultural institutions and some fifteen companies over the long term, including the Kidd Pivot company directed by choreographer Crystal Pite. This artist, who dares to experiment, to blend dance and theatre into her shows and who measures herself to world-class ballet companies, convinced the Foundation to support her in 2018.
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