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World-Class Modern Dance in Tulsa via Choregus Productions: Kidd Pivot's "The Tempest Replica"

Aired on Friday, May 16th.

On this edition of ST, we learn about the highly regarded, Vancouver-based dance company, Kidd Pivot. As is noted of this small but accomplished collective at the company's website: "Integrating movement, original music, text, and rich visual design, Kidd Pivot's performance work is assembled with recklessness and rigor, balancing sharp exactitude with irreverence and risk. Under the direction of internationally renowned Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite, 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." Pite is our guest; she's a former dancer with William Forsythe's Ballett Frankfurt and a former associate artist at Sadler's Wells' major dance center in London. As a choreographer, Pite has created work for Nederlands Dans Theater, National Ballet of Canada, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, and other companies. Kidd Pivot will perform "The Tempest Replica" tonight (Friday the 16th) at 8pm at the Helmerich Theater in the Cascia Hall Performing Arts Center. This work, imaginatively based on Shakespeare's "The Tempest" and labeled by one New Yorker magazine critic as "an art work of astonishing beauty and thoughtfulness," is the basis of our chat with Pite today. (To learn more about tonight's Kidd Pivot show, including ticket-availability details, please visit this Choregus Productions link.)

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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