Peak Performances Presents East Coast Premiere of Crystal Pite’s “Dark Matters”

The East Coast premiere of Dark Matters, Crystal Pite’s dramatic query into the unknown, will be presented by Peak Performances @ Montclair at Montclair State University’s Alexander Kasser Theater, October 21-24.

Inspired by the mysterious qualities of dark matter, the 2009 work begins with a conversation between a Bunraku puppet and its creator. Its second act is an abstracted and intensely choreographed version of the first, which raises philosophical questions about creation vs. destruction and free will vs. manipulation. The original score was created by Owen Belton.

Canadian choreographer and performer Crystal Pite formed Kidd Pivot in Vancouver in 2001. She relocated the company, now called Kidd Pivot Frankfurt RM, to Frankfurt, Germany in 2010. In addition to choreographing for Kidd Pivot, Pite has created new works for Netherlands Dance Theatre, Ballet Frankfurt, Ballet British Columbia, Alberta Ballet, Ballet Jörgen, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal (where she served as Resident Choreographer from 2001-2004), and several independent dance artists including Canadian dance icon Louise Lecavalier. Kidd Pivot tours nationally and internationally with productions that include Dark Matters (2009), Lost Action (2006), Double Story (2004), and Uncollected Work (2002), created with Richard Siegal.

From 1988 to 1996, Pite was a member of Ballet British Columbia, performing in works by John Alleyne, Serge Bennathan, James Kudelka, David Earle, Barry Ingham, and William Forsythe, among others. She danced in Germany’s Ballet Frankfurt under the direction of William Forsythe and performed worldwide in works such as Eidos:Telos, The Loss of Small Detail, and Endless House. Pite is the recipient of the Banff Centre’s Clifford E. Lee Choreography Award (1995), the Bonnie Bird North American Choreography Award (2004), the Isadora Duncan Dance Award (2005), and the prestigious Rio Tinto Alcan Performing Arts Award (2006).

Performance times:

Thursday, October 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 23 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 24 at 3 p.m.

All tickets are $15 and are available at the Alexander Kasser Theater Box Office, by calling 973-655-5112 or online at There is no charge for Montclair State University undergraduates with valid ID. Please arrive at least 30 minutes before curtain to claim your PAF ticket.

Dark Matters was co-produced by Dance Victoria (Victoria), the National Arts Centre (Ottawa), L'agora de la danse (Montreal) and Arts Partners in Creative Development. Supported in part by the Jim Henson Foundation.

Peak Performances acknowledges the generous support of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Discover Jersey Arts, the Honorable Mary Mochary and Alison and James T. Cirenza.

Released: October 5, 2010