'Dark Matters' brings surreal puppetry to the Walker


The first piece in the Walker Art Center's Adventures in New Puppetry series is going to be a tough act to follow. This weekend, dancer and choreographer Crystal Pite and her company Kidd Pivot Frankfurt RM will perform a piece that "explores the idea of undetectable forces at work in cosmology"; a hybrid of puppetry and dance titled Dark Matters.

The story tells 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 gusts of wind 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.

Pite, who has years of experience dancing with William Forsythe's Ballet Frankfort, is well-known on the international dance scene. She especially has a knack for incorporating her sense of humor into her dances.

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.

FREE TICKET ALERT: Are you interested in attending Friday night's show? Keep an eye out on our Twitter account (@cpdressingroom) and our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/DressingRoomMPLS) tomorrow afternoon for a chance to win tickets.

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