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Renowned for her flowing, organic and poetic style, Crystal Pite has succeeded in bringing her surprising and innovative dance approach to a wide audience. Fascinated by familiar storylines of love, conflict and loss, and the body’s role in providing the illustrative shape of those stories, in Pite’s vision, life is an epic tale which she strives to reflect in her ballets through the viewer’s own tale.
Both of the works by Crystal Pite center around the theme of the Frontier – the border between what we know and what we do not know. The first half of the performance looks inward, towards the frontiers of what we know about the human mind. The second ballet looks outward to the frontier of the universe and explores the dark and invisible forces that shape and evolve our galaxy and ultimately, us.
In Parade the central image is of a procession of clowns and a marching band. The actual “parade” is a reflection of the imagination, absurdity, and ritual, and the play between the disorganized clowns and the hyper-ordered, rank-and-file marching band exemplifies the tension between instinct and intellect, rational and irrational, unconscious and conscious.