The Tempest Replica

Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite excels at physical extremes. Her Kidd Pivot dancers hover and fly, swooping to the floor and flipping back into the air while we blink. But the worlds they inhabit and the stories they tell are lush and terrifying. In The Tempest Replica, she starts as Shakespeare did, with a shipwreck; and she uses that violence and disruption as themes to explore the playwright's enchanted island. Her dancers' kinetic daring is matched by their powerful theatrical presence and framed by an ingenious visual design. The chaos of Shakespeare's ocean storm should be a perfect fit for Pite's powerful skills as a dancemaker. SANDRA KURTZ

Oct. 23-25, 2012

 
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