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Crystal Pite

Ten Duets on a Theme of Rescue offers a highly personal take on the theme of rescue between two people. In these duets, each of which highlights a particular aspect of “rescue,” Crystal Pite approaches the human body with theatricality, humour, and a quick-witted movement language.


The critically acclaimed work, made for five dancers, rotates each performer through ten duo combinations, examining iconic storylines that connect individuals.  Through a series of 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

Repeater Cindy Salgado

Music Solaris by Cliff Martinez

Lighting Design Jim French

Costume Design Linda Chow

Photos Sasha Onyshchenko

Promotional Video Acemedia


Duration 14 minutes

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