Preview: Kidd Pivot Frankfurt RM at the Drake Center

  • Photo credit: Michael Slobodian
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From the March 22, 2012 edition

Those who saw dance company Kidd Pivot Frankfurt RM’s “Lost Action” at the Wexner Center in September 2009 will remember the performance’s sense of benevolent intimacy shaped both by physical contact and its absence. The German-based troupe returns to the Wex on March 29 with Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite’s 2010 “The You Show,” a four-act work that focuses on duets.

“Crystal is addressing both the close interrelationship of two dancers in partnering as the ‘you’ in ‘The You Show’ and the relationship of the dancers to the ‘you’ of the audience,” explained Charles R. Helm, the Wexner Center’s director of performing arts.

In Helm’s eyes, Pite’s artistry represents “a more ‘dance-y’ form of dance than some expect from contemporary dance makers. This delight in technical virtuosity and powerful physicality coupled with well-constructed choreography connects so well.”

Before founding Kidd Pivot in 2001, Pite worked with Ballett Frankfurt under the leadership of dance iconoclast William Forsythe.

“Crystal has her own distinct voice as an artist yet she also reveals the impact of her time with Bill Forsythe,” Helm said.

In her note introducing “The You Show,” Pite urges the audience “to locate yourself in the dancers, to recognize your own dramas translated into fierce physical language.” Consider this your invitation.