Revisor reunites Olivier Award-winning duo of Crystal Pite and Jonathan Young

DanceHouse presents Kidd Pivot Revisor

When: Feb. 20 to 23, 8 p.m.

Where: Vancouver Playhouse

Tickets and info: Sold out

Kidd Pivot artistic director Crystal Pite and Electric Company Theatre Co-founder Jonathan Young produced an international hit with Betroffenheit. The dance/theatre hybrid that came out of the two acclaimed artists’ collaboration went on to win a 2015 Olivier Award, selling out everywhere it toured.

At the time, it was Pite’s second Olivier win. She added another in 2018 for her piece Flight Pattern created for the Royal Ballet.

Pite and Young return with Revisor in 2019. The work was inspired by Young’s reading about Russian theatre iconoclast Vsevolod Meyerhold’s 1926 non-realist production of Nikolai Gogol’s 1836 political comedy of errors Revisor. Known in English as the Government Inspector, the tale of a case of mistaken identity in a podunk Russian town which braces for the arrival of an incognito government corruption inspector, sends up cronyism, the state and society as a whole. The story will certainly connect viscerally with the audience as it addresses the world today.

Both artists felt that something funny and political would be best for the next piece.

Crystal Pite. Choroegrapher and Kidd Pivot founder and artistic director. 2019 [PNG Merlin Archive]

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Crystal Pite. Choreographer and Kidd Pivot founder and artistic director.

“Jonathan brought the idea of bringing the inspector general into it, and the farce that exists in our show is an adaptation of the play which forms about half of our show, and the other half is a kind of inspection of the farce,” said Pite. “Something looking at corruption and deception seemed more than timely, given the state of the world.”

Young and Pite have reworked the story into another hybrid production of choreography and script brought to life by eight dancers with voice recordings. Young says that the chemistry between the two creators is a result of similar interests.

Jonathan Young. Revisor co-creator.

“Crystal and I first worked together with the Electric Company when she did choreography for Studies In Motion and the film The Score and we knew each other well, and that we both had an interest in how you could unite the figures of language (the text) and the body (the dance),” said Young. “We are both interested in experiments around what happens when you take the primacy of the text and push it to the

Source:: Vancouver Sun – Entertainment


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