Assembly Hall is the latest production by the Canadian company Kidd Pivot, founded by choreographer Crystal Pite. This performance celebrates its Dutch premiere at ITA this April and marks the third collaboration between Crystal Pite and theater maker Jonathon Young. Previously, ITA presented Betroffenheit (Julidans 2017) and Revisor (May 2022), both of which were well-received.
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A group of medieval re-enactors have come together for an Annual General Meeting in their local community hall. As the Board of Directors, they oversee an event called 'Quest Fest', that has fallen on hard times: membership is dwindling, debt is mounting, and the hall is falling apart. Unless something drastic happens, the Directors of this venerable order will be facing dissolution. As the meeting progresses, the line between real and re-enactment begins to blur, ancient forces are awoken, and it soon becomes clear that there is something much more at stake here than a mock-medieval tournament. -|-
From the team that brought you the ground-breaking, award-winning productions of Betroffenheit and Revisor, comes Kidd Pivot’s latest offering: a dance theatre hybrid that promises the company’s signature wit and invention. Fuelling Kidd Pivot’s work is a fascination with story and the role of language as an animating force.
In the press
"Kidd Pivot combines mundane with fantastic in brilliant new show."
The Georgia Straight
"A mesmerizing rumination on purpose and belonging."
by Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young
produced by Kidd Pivot
choreographed and directed by Crystal Pite
written and directed by Jonathon Young
composition and sound design Owen Belton, Alessandro Juliani and Meg Roe
scenic design Jay Gower Taylor
costume design Nancy Bryant
lighting design Tom Visser
video design Cybèle Young
show control and sound programmer Eric Chad
assistant to the creators Eric Beauchesne
performers Brandon Alley, Livona Ellis, Rakeem Hardy, Gregory Lau, Doug Letheren, Rena Narumi, Ella Rothschild, Renée Sigouin, Nasiv Kaur Sall, Julian Hunt
additional music Tchaikovsky, Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 23, TH. 55 - I. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso - Allegro con spirito performed by Alice Sara Ott · Münchner Philharmoniker · Thomas Hengelbrock ℗ 2010 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin
technical director / stage carpenter Elisha Burrows
lighting director William Fallon
stage manager Yvonne Yip
audio and show control operators ilvs Strauss
wardrobe supervisor Donnie Tejani
set construction Great Northern Way Scene Shop Scenic Artists
prop builders Charlie Easton, Barry Kootchin, Sharon Sloan, Patrick Spavor, Monica Emme, Jay Gower Taylor, Heather Young, Jen Hiebert
aluminum armour cutter Rob Valentine & Valentine Armouries, Janet Dundas
costume assistants and builders Alaia Hamer, Nicola Ryal, Alice Devonshire
stitchers Tracey Gauvin, Eloise Pons, Jayme Cline
dyer and builder Tessa Armstrong
surtitles Anika Vervecken
executive producer Jim Smith
producer Francesca Piscopo
company manager on tour Brent Belsher
Kidd Pivot would like to thank Artemis Gordon, Barry Kootchin, Charlie Easton, Kevin Macdonald, Niko Taylor, Arts Umbrella, Ballet BC, The Dance Centre, Studio 58, Ostrom Climate, and the generous financial contributions from the Friends of Kidd Pivot.
co-produced by Edinburgh International Festival (Edinburgh, UK), Sadler’s Wells (London, UK), Théâtre de la Ville (Paris, France), Centro Servizi Culturali Santa Chiara (Trento, Italy), National Arts Centre (Ottawa, Canada), Seattle Theatre Group (Seattle, US), Canadian Stage (Toronto, Canada), DanceHouse (Vancouver, Canada), Danse Danse (Montreal, Canada), Le Diamant (Quebec, Canada), Electric Company Theatre (Vancouver, Canada).
a special thanks to the Y.P. Heung Foundation, Zita and Mark Bernstein Family Foundation, and Bonnie Mah for their generous support.
developed with support from the National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund.
Kidd Pivot benefits from the support of BNP Paribas Foundation for the development of its projects.
Kidd Pivot gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Government of British Columbia, British Columbia Arts Council, City of Vancouver, and countless individual and business supporters.