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Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young's Revisor comes to Sadler's Wells

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

JOINT creators of the Olivier Award-winning Betroffenheit, writer Jonathon Young and Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Crystal Pite reunite once again with Pite’s company, Kidd Pivot, to turn their brilliant minds to Revisor, the comic play The Inspector General (known as “Revizor” in Russia) from Tuesday, March 3 to Thursday, March 5, 2020, in a Sadler’s Wells co-production.

Taking Nikolai Gogol’s 1836 farce as a starting point, Pite and Young revise an archetypal comic plot to serve as the basis for choreography in a true hybrid of contemporary theatre and dance. In this UK premiere, eight Kidd Pivot dancers embody the recorded dialogue of some of Canada’s finest actors, exploring conflict, comedy and corruption in the potent relationship between language and the body.

Crystal Pite is a former company member of Ballet British Columbia and William Forsythe’s Ballett Frankfurt. She has created over 50 works for companies including The Paris Opera Ballet, the Royal Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater 1, Ballett Frankfurt, The National Ballet of Canada, and Ballet British Columbia.

The recipient of numerous awards for artistic excellence, including three Olivier Awards and, most recently, the 2018 Grand Prix de la danse de Montréal, Pite is an Associate Choreographer of Nederlands Dans Theater, Associate Dance Artist of Canada’s National Arts Centre and Associate Artist at Sadler’s Wells. She holds an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Simon Fraser University. In 2002, she formed Kidd Pivot in Vancouver.

Canadian theatre maker Jonathon Young is Playwright-in-Residence at Kidd Pivot and a co-founder of Electric Company Theatre, where he has created and performed in over 20 original productions: Tear the Curtain! (Arts Club Theatre, Canadian Stage), No Exit (American Conservatory Theatre), and Betroffenheit (international tour).

He has worked across Canada as a freelance actor on multiple projects: All But Gone (Necessary Angel, Toronto), The Waiting Room (Arts Club Theatre, Vancouver), The Great Gatsby (Theatre Calgary), Hamlet (Bard on the Beach, Vancouver). He also wrote the text for Crystal Pite on two productions for Nederlands Dans Theater (Parade and The Statement).

Young is the recipient of an Olivier Award, the UK National Dance Award and several Jessie Richardson Awards for writing and performance.

Following its run at Sadler’s Wells, Revisor will continue to tour internationally in 2020.

For Revisor, composition and sound design is by Owen Belton, Alessandro Juliani and Meg Roe; scenic design and reflective light concept is by Jay Gower Taylor; lighting design is by Tom Visser; costume design is by Nancy Bryant and Eric Beauchesne is assistant to the creators.

Tickets: £15 – £65. To book, call the ticket office on 020 7863 8000 or visit

Time: 7:30pm.