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Online Premiere: Crystal Pite's "Body and Soul" with Paris Opera Ballet

This July 1 at 7:30 pm EST, Jacob's Pillow will stream the U.S. premiere of Body and Soul, a new work by internationally acclaimed choreographer Crystal Pite. Pite, “one of the finest dance makers on the world stage” (The Guardian) and a former winner of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award, has joined forces with the Paris Opera Ballet to stage this full length work praised for “dashes of inventiveness, brilliance and poetry” (The New York Times).

Body and Soul, originally filmed with 36 dancers at Paris’s Palais Garnier with jaw-dropping costumes, set design, and staging, articulates the choreographer's ongoing fascination with conflict, connectedness and the embodiment of the human spirit. The piece opens with a voice-over that describes a conflict between two individuals, and it plays out in three distinct parts with notable fluidity, generosity and intensity. As the performance progresses, the script’s meaning morphs and deepens at each iteration, creating compelling tension between individuals, groups, and species. Body and Soul is described as a timeless, vast, and heartbreakingly intimate portrait of the human condition.

After this exclusive U.S. premiere, co-sponsored by the American Friends of the Paris Opera & Ballet, the performance will remain online for on-demand streaming through July 15. The event is available only to audiences in the United States & Canada.

Tickets to access the premiere are $15 and can be purchased on the Jacob's Pillow website.

About Crystal Pite

Known for drawing from the languages of William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián and Mats Ek, Crystal Pite is a Vancouver-based choreographer whose work has been recognized by Jacob’s Pillow and other prominent dance institutions. After debuting as a choreographer in 1990, she has created works for Nederlands Dans Theater I, Cullberg Ballet, Ballett Frankfurt and numerous others. Pivot is currently Associate Choreographer of Nederlands Dans Theater and Associate Dance Artist of Canada's National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and in November 2013 she was appointed an Associate Artist at Sadler's Wells in London. Pite is known for her contemporary company Kidd Pivot (est. 2002), which integrates movement, original music, text, and rich visual design, assembling with recklessness and rigor, balancing sharp exactitude with irreverence and risk. The company’s distinct choreographic language – a breadth of movement fusing classical elements and the complexity and freedom of structured improvisation – is marked by a strong theatrical sensibility and a keen sense of wit and invention.

About Paris Opera Ballet

Paris Opéra Ballet is a prestigious ballet company established in France in 1661 by Louis XIV as the Royal Academy of Dance (Académie Royale de Danse) and amalgamated with the Royal Academy of Music in 1672. It is currently directed by French ballet dancer Aurélie Dupont and employs about 150 dancers.

About Jacob's Pillow

Jacob’s Pillow is lauded worldwide as a “hub and mecca of dancing” (TIME Magazine), “one of America’s most precious cultural assets” (Mikhail Baryshnikov), and “the dance center of the nation” (The New York Times). “The Pillow” is a treasured 220-acre National Historic Landmark, a recipient of the prestigious National Medal of Arts and home to America’s longest-running international dance festival. Each year, thousands of people from across the U.S. and around the globe visit the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts to experience the Festival with more than 50 dance companies and 500 free performances, talks, and events; to train at The School at Jacob’s Pillow, one of the most prestigious professional dance training centers in the U.S.; to explore the Pillow’s rare and extensive dance Archives; and to take part in numerous Community Programs designed to educate and engage dance audiences of all ages.