In light of current events, the topicality of The Statement is probably what is most striking about Crystal Pite’s new work, as the expression of the characters and their use of language are very much linked to our time. The piece could be considered a play, based on a script written by Jonathan Young that is expressed by four dancers that share a heated conversation around a conference table, symbolizing a corporate environment. Control, moral conflicts, responsibility and the inability to escape make The Statement a gripping piece that offers the audience a captivating wedge of realism.
Choreographer and performer Crystal Pite (Vancouver, Canada) is associate choreographer with NDT since 2008. Pite created Pilot X (2005), The Second Person (2007), Frontier (2008), Plot Point (2010), Solo Echo (2012), Parade (2013) and In the Event (2014) for NDT. Her work The Statement premiered on February 4 2016.
Pite is also an associate dance artist at Canada’s National Arts Centre and at Sadler’s Wells, London. In 2002 she founded her own company in Vancouver: Kidd Pivot. Pite’s ballets are performed by dance companies worldwide.
CHOREOGRAPHY CRYSTAL PITE
MUSIC OWEN BELTON
DRAMATURGY JONATHON YOUNG
VOCAL PERFORMANCE MEG ROE, COLLEEN WHEELER, ANDREW WHEELER, JONATHON YOUNG
LIGHT TOM VISSER
SET JAY GOWER TAYLOR
COSTUMES CRYSTAL PITE, JOKE VISSER