Canadian choreographer and performer Crystal Pite is a former company member of Ballet British Columbia and William Forsythe’s Ballett Frankfurt.
Pite’s professional choreographic debut was in 1990, at Ballet British Columbia. Since then, she has created over 40 works for companies such as Nederlands Dans Theater I, Cullberg Ballet, Ballett Frankfurt, The National Ballet of Canada, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal (Resident Choreographer, 2001-2004), Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Ballet British Columbia, and Louise Lecavalier/Fou Glorieux. She has also collaborated with Electric Company Theatre and Robert Lepage. Crystal is Associate Choreographer of Nederlands Dans Theater I and Associate Dance Artist of Canada’s National Arts Centre. In 2013, Crystal was appointed Associate Artist at Sadler’s Wells, London.
In 2002, she formed Kidd Pivot in Vancouver. Integrating movement, original music, text, and rich visual design, Kidd Pivot’s performance work is assembled with recklessness and rigour, balancing sharp exactitude with irreverence and risk. The company’s distinct choreographic language – a breadth of movement fusing classical elements and the complexity and freedom of structured improvisation – is marked by a strong theatrical sensibility and a keen sense of wit and invention.
Kidd Pivot tours nationally and internationally, performing such highly-demanded and critically acclaimed works as Dark Matters and Lost Action. Kidd Pivot’s residency at the Künstlerhaus Mousonturm in Frankfurt (2010-2012) provided Pite the opportunity to create and tour The You Show and The Tempest Replica. Most recently, the company has premiered Betroffenheit, a co-creation with playwright and actor Jonathon Young of Electric Company Theatre.
Pite is the recipient of the Banff Centre’s Clifford E. Lee Award (1995), the Bonnie Bird North American Choreography Award (2004), and the Isadora Award (2005). Her work has received several Dora Mavor Moore Awards (2009, 2012), and a Jessie Richardson Theatre Award (2006). She is the recipient of the 2008 Governor General of Canada’s Performing Arts Award, Mentorship Program, the 2011 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award, the inaugural Lola Award in 2012, and the Canada Council’s 2012 Jacqueline Lemieux Prize. Most recently, she received a Laurence Olivier Award (2015) for Outstanding Achievement in Dance.
Pol Heyvaert has a long-standing relationship and is not one of the creative directors of CAMPO, a Ghent art commissioning and presentation centre and is the result of an amalgamation of Victoria and Nieuwpoortheater. Heyvaert was the stage designer for several productions by Victoria including (Alain Platel & Arne Sierens; 1994), (Alain Platel & Arne Sierens; 1997), (Latrinité; 2000), and (Wayn Traub; 2001), (Cristophe Frick; 2002) and (Lies Pauwels; 2004). He has also worked as stage designer for Les Ballets C de la B, notably for Alain Platel’s (1998), and for Nieuwpoorttheater with (1994), (1996), (1996) and (1996).
Pol Heyvaert has a long-standing relationship and is not one of the creative directors of CAMPO, a Ghent art commissioning and presentation centre and is the result of an amalgamation of Victoria and Nieuwpoortheater. Heyvaert was the stage designer for several productions by Victoria including Moeder en Kind (Alain Platel & Arne Sierens; 1994), Bernadetje (Alain Platel & Arne Sierens; 1997), Dansé Donsé Dan Dan (Latrinité; 2000), Wayn Storm Carmen Story and Mise-en-Traub V (Wayn Traub; 2001), Snack Bar Tragedy (Cristophe Frick; 2002) and White Star (Lies Pauwels; 2004). He has also worked as stage designer for Les Ballets C de la B, notably for Alain Platel’s Iets op Bach (1998), and for Nieuwpoorttheater with De 10des (1994), Napels (1996), Radio Carmen (1996) and Flippers (1996).
In 1999 he founded the Kung Fu collective together with Felix van Groeningen, where he directed Best Of and Discotheque. In 2001, he collaborated with Felix van Groeningen again on the Kung Fu short film Bonjour Maman and as a production designer for the feature film Steve + Sky. He was supporting artist for Oh Boy by Einat Tuchman and also artistic director for Looking for Alfred by Johan Grimonprez.
In 2005 Pol Heyvaert conceived, wrote and directed Aalst, a play about the trial following a family drama in a small Flemish village, Aalst. Since the original production he has aslo made a documentary on the same subject. The production has toured the world, and a full remake was made with the National Theatre of Scotland.
In 2006 Heyvaert did the general direction, stage design and video for the Victoria production Nightshade, which toured Europe extensively in 2006-07. With Nightshade Victoria challenged seven icons of the contemporary performing arts (Eric De Volder, Vera Mantero, Alain Platel, Caterina Sagna, Johanne Saunier, Claudie Triozzi & Wim Vandekeybus) to choreograph a striptease act for a male or female professional striptease dancer.
For CAMPO Pol Heyvaert made René, which looked at the life and work of the artist and architect René Heyvaert, Pol’s uncle. The piece was a ‘stage audition’ for the role of René Heyvaert, and opened with an exhibition of his work. In Cork he made Fuck my Life with Irish teenagers around the issue of teen suicides.
In 2011, he made Girl X for the National Theatre of Scotland, a performance for which he worked with a disabled actor and a choir. For this piece Pol was inspired by debates on internet forums about an eleven year old girl who suffered from severe cerebral palsy, and whose parents decided to remove her womb to keep her small and childlike.