Northern School of Contemporary Dance

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Crystal Pite

Crystal Pite premiere of ‘Polaris’ (2014)

In October 2014, students from Central School of Ballet and London Contemporary Dance School performed together in the premiere of Polaris by Crystal Pite as part of See the Music, Hear the Dance, a Sadler’s Wells production inspired by the music of Thomas Adès.

With 64 dancers in total this was the biggest number of dancers that Crystal Pite had ever worked with on one piece. Sadler’s Wells and Crystal invited dancers from Central School of Ballet and London Contemporary Dance School to take part in the project alongside six dancers from Pite’s own company Kidd Pivot for this epic performance. “It’s a beautiful group of dancers,” said Crystal Pite during the first rehearsal when the entire group of 64 dancers came together in the rehearsal studio at The Place.

Crystal Pite subsequently won the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance for her choreography in the productions of The Associates – A Picture Of You Falling, The Tempest Replica and Polaris at Sadler’s Wells.

Watch Crystal Pite working with students in the studio: