SEATS MAY BE HARD TO COME BY, given Dance Victoria’s (DV) short-run production of Kidd Pivot’s Revisor. But I still want to highlight the multi-layered efforts behind this show, and acquaint the readership with a shining star in the international choreography firmament: Victoria’s own Crystal Pite.
Stephen White, producer at Dance Victoria, says this show’s creation was supported collaboratively by several local donors, and is not the first work DV has commissioned from this globally celebrated talent. For Pite, the verbal and the visual are creatively intertwined. She uses language extensively, and says in an interview with Octave Magazine in November of 2019, “The connection between language and the body is endlessly fascinating for me; how it affects how we see and hear, how the language affects the dancing, too…it’s caused us to move in ways I think we wouldn’t have moved in otherwise.”
Crystal Pite (Photo by Michael Slobodian)
Kidd Pivot, founded in 2002, is Pite’s company; she collaborates with associate artistic director Eric Beauchesne; actor/writer Jonathon Young; and an established team of nine dancers. Revisor (based on Russian playwright Nikolai Gogol’s political satire The Inspector General), explores “conflict, comedy and corruption in the potent relationship between language and the body.”
“It’s definitely dance theatre,” White says. “It’s a continuation of Crystal Pite’s interest over the last five years integrating text. She has made about four pieces with Jonathon Young; the last one toured internationally and won many awards.” He mentions that Pite has been recognized in the Guardian as a “top 21st century choreographer.”
While the production has comic overtones, the subject matter of political corruption could not be more grave or relevant in the current moment. “This piece is the most innovative piece of hers, because she takes this idea of playing with text to the furthest degree,” White says. “It’s a great honour and a pleasure to watch her develop over the past two decades.”
February 7-8, 7:30pm at the Royal Theatre. Tickets at www.rmts.bc.ca