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Crystal Pite & Jonathon Young / Kidd Pivot 
Sadler’s Wells, EC1R 4TN 
Tuesday 3 - Thursday 5 March 
Performances at 7:30pm 
Tickets £15 - £65
Ticket Office: 020 7863 8000 or www.sadlerswells.com


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 3 - Thursday 5March 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), 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), and wrote 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. 

Crystal Pite is a Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist

The Monument Trust supports new commissions at Sadler’s Wells

A Sadler’s Wells co-production 




Listing information:

UK Premiere
Crystal Pite & Jonathon Young / Kidd Pivot 
Sadler’s Wells, EC1R 4TN
Performances at 7:30pm 
Tickets: £15 - £65
Ticket Office: 020 7863 8000 or www.sadlerswells.com

Notes to Editors


Sadler’s Wells is a world-leading creative organisation dedicated to dance in all its forms. With a rich theatrical heritage of over three centuries, it offers a year-round programme of performances and learning activities. Our mission is to make and share dance that inspires us all. Our vision is to create, through dance, a depth of connection beyond borders, cultures and languages, so we see ourselves in each other. 


Audiences of over half a million come to Sadler’s Wells’ three London theatres each year, with many more enjoying our touring productions at venues across the UK and around the world and accessing our content through digital channels. Sadler's Wells commissions, produces and presents more dance than any other theatre in the world, embracing the popular and the unknown. Since 2005, we have helped to bring over 170 new dance works to the stage, many of them involving our 16 Associate Artists, three Resident Companies and four Associate Companies – the most exciting talents working in dance today. 


Sadler’s Wells nurtures the next generation of talent through a range of artist development initiatives and reaches over 30,000 annually through our learning and engagement programmes.


Located in Islington, north London, Sadler’s Wells’ current building is the sixth to have stood on site since entrepreneur Richard Sadler first established the theatre in 1683. The venue has played an illustrious role in the history of theatre ever since, with The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and English National Opera having all started at Sadler's Wells.

Sadler’s Wells is to open an additional mid-scale venue in east London in 2022. The new space will be at the heart of the East Bank project, a new cultural and education district in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, which will also include BBC, UAL’s London College of Fashion, UCL and the V&A in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution. As well as a 550-seat auditorium, our new venue will include a choreographic centre and a hip hop theatre academy, the first of their kind in the world to be run by a theatre.



Kidd Pivot
Integrating movement, original music, text, and rich visual design, Kidd Pivot’s performance work is assembled with recklessness and rigour, balancing sharp exactitude with irreverence and risk. Under the direction of internationally renowned Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite, the company’s distinct choreographic language — a breadth of movement fusing classical elements and the complexity and freedom of structured improvisation — is marked by a strong theatrical sensibility and a keen sense of wit and invention. 


Kidd Pivot tours extensively around the world with productions such as Betroffenheit (2015), The Tempest Replica (2011), The You Show (2010), Dark Matters (2009), and Lost Action (2006).


Since 2015, Kidd Pivot has measured its touring carbon footprint and offset over 750 tonnes of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent), enabling Kidd Pivot to be one of the first dance companies to tour carbon neutral which is part of their 1Day for the Climate initiative. Further information can be found at https://kiddpivot.org/1day-for-the-climate/


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