It topped more than one list of the Best Dance Shows of the 21st Century.
Now Pite, one of the most acclaimed international choreographers working today, and a Sadler's Wells Associate Artist, again joins forces with Jonathon Young for a new, quite different project: a free adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s 19th-century comedy Revisor, in the original Russian, usually translated into English as The Government Inspector.
Pite and Young opted to name it Revisor.
A biting satire on widespread corruption in Imperial Russia, human greed and stupidity, Gogol’s work centres on a case of mistaken identity, when its feckless protagonist, Khlestakov, is wrongly assumed to be the government inspector, whom a small Russian town is awaiting amid much trepidation.
The character Khlestakov was described by the eminent 20th-century Russian critic DS Mirsky as ‘full of meaningless movement', and you can see how that offers a rich starting point for Pite’s own, highly expressive choreography.
Since Betroffenheit, Pite has used the spoken word in other works, most recently the full evening piece Body and Soul, which wowed Paris Opera Ballet audiences last autumn; and prior to that The Statement, for Nederlands Dans Theater 1, also in collaboration with Jonathon Young.
All three demonstrate Pite’s ability to marry words and movement, so that each element enhances, clarifies and drives the other.
Revisor is danced by Crystal Pite’s own company, Kidd Pivot, to a recorded soundtrack where Young’s text is spoken by leading Canadian actors.
We can’t wait.
|What||Crystal Pite/Jonathon Young, Revisor, Sadler's Wells|
|Where||Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Angel (underground)|
03 Mar 20 – 05 Mar 20, 19:30 Dur.: 1 hour 30 mins no interval
|Price||£15-£65 (+booking fee|
|Website||Click here to book|