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From our sponsors at White Bird:
White Bird Presents Dark Matters
Thursday, March 15th – Saturday, March 17
8 p.m. | All Ages
Tickets are $20-$30
Purchase Tickets at www.whitebird.org
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White Bird Uncaged is delighted to present the return of Kidd Pivot Frankfurt RM and Crystal Pite's new work Dark Matters. Kidd Pivot's Lost Action launched White Bird Uncaged in Fall 2008, and Portland audiences discovered in Pite one of Canada's most exciting and inventive choreographers.
Emerging from Pite's fascination with the unseen forces at work on mind and body, Dark Matters is a brilliant combination of lifelike puppetry and dynamic movement, featuring a haunting original score from long-time collaborator Owen Belton. The Australian observed that Pite ¬Å“faces the inevitabilities of death and decay with humour and resilience . . .[She] plucks tenderness and transcendence from the void . . .The movement is ravishingly fluid,¬Â while The Sydney Morning Herald remarked that ¬Å“her dancers have exceptional fluency and control.¬Â
Comprising roughly 96 percent of the observable universe, ¬Å“dark matter¬Â is the terra incognita of our day. It affects the speed, structure and evolution of galaxies, yet its nature remains a mystery. This potent, affecting darkness inspires the seven extraordinary dancers in Crystal Pite's work, which is structured into two distinct acts. Dark Matters begins by portraying the tension between creation and destruction through a decidedly theatrical fable; a struggle of wills develops between a Bunraku-style puppet, manipulated by black-clad puppeteer-performers, and the puppet-maker, leading to a ferocious climax.
Act Two is pure dance, with choreography that aspires to the impossible purity and grace of the puppet, while grappling with the essential question of free will and the conflict inherent in manipulation. The revelations of Act One inform the way the audience views the dancing in Act Two. With ¬Å“dark matter¬Â beautifully embodied in the shadowy puppeteers, Dark Matters is a haunting portrait of the unknown, a performance that pulls itself apart in an attempt to discover what it's made of.
Under the direction of internationally renowned Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite, Kidd Pivot Frankfurt RM has been resident company at KÃƒÂ¼nstlerhaus Mousonturm in Frankfurt since spring 2010, supported by Kulturfonds Frankfurt Rhein Main. Integrating movement, original music, text, and rich visual design, Kidd Pivot Frankfurt RM'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 extensively around the world with productions that include Dark Matters (2009), Fault (2008), Lost Action (2006), Uncollected Work (2002) and Double Story (2004), created with Richard Siegal. Kidd Pivot is the recipient of the 2006 Rio Tinto Alcan Performing Arts Award.