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Published: November 28, 2016
Category: review

Nederlands Dancers Mostly Outshine Choreography

By Rachel Straus

A roar of approval from the sold-out crowd greeted the four marvelous Nederlands Dans Theater performers following Crystal Pite’s The Statement (2016), seen in its local premiere at New York City Center on Nov. 18. Pite has been the associate choreographer of NDT since 2008. The roots of her movement style stem []

Published: March 4, 2016
Category: review

Pacific Northwest Ballet's Stunning Emergence

By Rachel Straus

NEW YORK–Pacific Northwest Ballet’s most intriguing work on its “Contemporary Innovators” program at New York City Center was Crystal Pite’s Emergence. Made in 2009 for the National Ballet of Canada, wonderfully performed by 37 PNB dancers, and set to a dark, pulsing electronic score by Owen Belton, the ballet is a rarity. []

Published: May 28, 2012
Category: review

Cedar Lake Ballet’s Strange Programming Choice

By Rachel Straus

NEW YORK — Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet opened its two-week Joyce Theater season on May 15 with a triple bill, featuring two new-ish works about unremitting struggle, performed by a cadre of fierce young dancers. In addition to their shared urban existential anguish, Hofesh Shechter’s Violet Kid (2011) and Crystal Pite’s Grace []

Published: February 28, 2012
Category: review

Crystal Pite's Futuristic Choreography

By Rachel Straus

Seeing “The Matrix” in 1999 made my heart sink. It wasn’t Keanu Reeves’s acting that depressed me; it was the advances in live action animation. In the final battle scene, Reeves and Hugo Weaving engage in mortal combat. With millisecond timing, they evade each other’s rocket-force punches by bending their head to []