This weekend, dancer and choreographer Crystal Pite and her company Kidd Pivot Frankfurt RM will perform a piece that combines a hybrid of puppetry and dance titled Dark Matters.
The story is a sinister fable which begins with an artist creating a puppet. The piece evolves into a ballet in which the dancers are seemingly guided by short, powerful forces pushing and pulling them across the stage. It’s a surreal experience, and the addition of the puppet creates even more intensity. The puppeteers manipulate them with such intense emotional self expression and fluidity that it’s hard to believe the little thing isn’t actually alive.
Kidd Pivot Frankfurt RM performs Dark Matters at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, October 14-16, in the Walker Art Center‘s William and Nadine McGuire Theater.