By Crystal Pite

Chrystal Pite, founder of Kidd Pivot, sees the human body from its most poetic angles, and her works are characterized by wit and ingenuity and a notion of the theatrical. Ten Duets on the Theme of Rescue offers a close-up of the interaction between two people. Through a series of subtle intimate duets the audience can decide for themselves who rescues whom, and from what.

“I love the word “rescue”. It captures a whole story in a single word. Similarly, the body can convey narrative through the simplest of actions. For me, this work for Cedar Lake was an act of excavation. After creating the choreography, I searched within it for images that specifically evoked rescue. There are many of them. They exist inside the dancing like fragments of an untold narrative. I suppose the presence of rescue in this work is twofold, as I tried to liberate and expose these images for brief contemplation before releasing them back into the dance: saving and holding one picture of rescue in each of the ten duets.” Crystal Pite

Choreography Crystal Pite

Music Selection from film music Solaris by Cliff Martinez

Lighting Design Jim French

Costume Design Linda Chow

Dancers Carte Blanche, two casts A: Jennifer Dubreuil Houthemann, Sara Enrich Bertran, Mathias Stoltenberg, Hugo Marmelada; Ole Martin Meland (Simbarashe Norman Fulukia). B: Núria Navarra Vilasaló, Christine Kjellberg, Christopher Flinder Petersen, Timothy Bartlett, Ole Martin Meland

Duration 15 minutes | Originally made for Cedar Lake, New York in 2008

World premiere at Cedar Lake, NY 2008

Norwegian premiere 20 January 2014 at The Norwegian Opera & Ballet, Oslo