SIFA 2020

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Kidd Pivot / Created by Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young (Canada)

Event is cancelled

  • 16 & 17 May 2020
    Sat, 8pm | Sun, 5pm
  • Esplanade Theatre
  • $38*, $58, $78
    25% Super Early Bird
    (Till 25 Feb 2020)
    Standard Price
    Cat 1
    Cat 2
    Cat 3

    *Limited concessions available for students, NSFs and seniors
    Limited student tickets at $10

  • Asian Premiere

    1h 30m, no intermission

  • Rating: General
    Admission for audience age 6 years and above

    For corporate and group bookings for 25 tickets and more, please contact

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Kidd Pivot / Created by Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young (Canada)

An audaciously funny piece of dance-theatre, choreographer Crystal Pite and writer Jonathon Young present a stunningly original take on Nikolai Gogol’s farcical play about deception and mistaken identity, taking apart the archetypal comic plot while unleashing the potent relationship between language and the body.

Hailed for her work with Nederlands Dans Theater, Paris Opera Ballet and The Royal Ballet of London, Crystal Pite is one of the most sought-after choreographers in dance today. As the artistic director of Vancouver-based dance company Kidd Pivot, she displays her knack for combining dance, visual arts and theatre to create dazzling productions.

Together with her long-time collaborator, theatre artist Jonathon Young, Pite takes audiences on an electrifying ride in this witty yet introspective adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s comedy of errors from 1823, The Inspector General (Revizor in Russian).

Revisor begins with a quirky retelling of a mediocre and vain clerk who gets mistaken for a lofty government inspector by the residents of a corrupt little town – a tragic-comic blunder that leads to the downfall of this self-preserving community. Eight Kidd Pivot dancers embody the inane characters in Gogol’s well-known satire, lip-syncing to Young’s script and a recorded dialogue by some of Canada’s finest actors. The physical comedy warps, loops and morphs with Pite’s hypnotic choreography, driven by a soundscape of text and haunting music.

Set against today’s strange panorama of fake news and misinformation, Revisor reveals itself to be a strikingly timely work – a powerful narrative in movement told with panache by two of today’s most daring artists.

Photos by Michael Slobodian


“First as farce, then as tragedy; abstract subjectivity, pure dance.” - Vancouver Observer

“The show is not called Revisor for nothing. The pun is evident from the beginning, Young and Pite revising not only Gogol but narrative dance itself.” - Vancouver Sun

"These two sides of Pite, the strength of emotion combined with a versatility of approach, are part of what makes her a choreographer to watch." - The Telegraph

"Her pristine résumé includes associate positions with Nederlands Dans Theater and London’s Sadler’s Wells, and Pite has built up an impressive streak of four- and five-star reviews." -

"...Pite has come into her own as one of the great choreographic minds of her generation. She combines the ability to translate complex emotions into dance theatre with an impressive eye for scale and architecture, and she has been tapped by two of the world’s most venerable ballet companies." -

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