Crystal Pite wins another top British Olivier Award for new dance work

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      Vancouver choreographer Crystal Pite has just won another British Laurence Olivier Award--the U.K.'s answer to the Tony awards.

      Her Flight Pattern, a work created for the Royal Ballet and inspired by the refugee crisis, was named best new dance production.

      Pite already has won one, last year with cocreator Jonathon Young, for Betroffenheit, which recently returned to Vancouver from March 14 to 17.

      When it debuted almost exactly a year ago, the Guardian called Flight Pattern "a sombre and deeply affecting work" while the Telegraph called it "a heart-rending but extraordinarily beautiful emotional odyssey". Set to Henryk Gorecki's sorrowful Third Symphony, it portrays a whirling, struggling mass of grey-coated figures.

      The production marked the first work created by a female choreographer for the Royal Ballet in 18 years; the first at its Covent Garden main stage this century.

      The official award ceremony took place April 8 at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall.

      At the same awards, Hamilton took home seven prizes over the course of the evening, winning for best new musical, outstanding achievement in music, best actor in a musical, and best actor in a supporting role in a musical.

      Pite's fellow nominees included big names like Hofesh Shechter, Wayne McGregor, and Ben Duke.