In 2015, the Canadian duo of contemporary choreographer Crystal Pite and dramatist Jonathon Young, together with Pite’s company Kidd Pivot, unleashed their new show Betroffenheit. A borderline-genius study of bereavement, inspired by a horrific personal tragedy – Young’s losing his daughter and her two cousins in a fire – it was one of those once-in-a-blue-moon shows that felt genuinely unimprovable.
In the wake of that, and with Pite continuing to deliver one first-class work after another in the interim, hopes were almost... Read more
Actors speak, dancers move. In Revisor, choreographer Crystal Pite and theatre-maker Jonathon Young once again sync their worlds together. As with the searing Betroffenheit and wire-taut The Statement, Revisor finds Pite’s phenomenal dancers performing a kind of physical lip-syncing to scripted voiceovers by Young’s actors. The result is astonishing not for its imitation, but for its exactitude: the rhythms and intonations of speech drive every gesture, stance and step. Choreographically, it’s riveting, both for the inventive... Read more
Review in French
Avec Betroffenheit (2015), la chorégraphe Crystal Pite et le dramaturge Jonathon Young jetaient les bases d’un solide procédé faisant s’interpénétrer brillamment danse et théâtre. Transformant le texte dramatique en une véritable matière chorégraphique, les deux créateurs usent des mêmes ficelles pour Revisor, pièce où neuf danseurs se glissent dans la peau et les costumes des personnages du Revizor de Nicolas Gogol.
L’intrigue tourne autour du « Réviseur », personnage... Read more
With 2015’s Betroffenheit, choreographer Crystal Pite and actor Jonathon Young turned personal tragedy into breathtaking art. Ask anyone lucky enough to snag a ticket; they’ll likely say the Dora and Olivier Award-winning production is still seared into their minds.
The question before Revisor, Pite’s and Young’s new collaboration, opened this week was if the same electricity could be captured without a back story as impactful as the death of Young’s daughter in a fire. Pite and Young have proven that Betroffenheit wasn’t... Read more
At its world premiere in Vancouver last night, Kidd Pivot’s Revisor had enough electricity to blow out the substation down the street at Cathedral Square.
It helped that Crystal Pite—basically the hottest choreographer on the planet right now—had, along with her cocreator Jonathon Young, drawn out a hugely supportive hometown crowd. Adding to the excitement was a small army of European, Asian, and South American presenters, in town for the first Vancouver International Dance Showcase.
With all the attention came high... Read more
Following up the spectacular success of Betroffenheit, their excruciatingly beautiful dance-theatre take on trauma, Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young’s new collaboration is something to behold.
Written by Young, choreographed and directed by Pite, voiced by nine actors and performed by eight dancers from Pite’s Kidd Pivot company, DanceHouse’s world premiere of Revisor is two gorgeous, exciting shows in one.
The dancing is especially fine but every element in this remarkable piece contributes to its dynamic synthesis of... Read more
Betroffenheit is a German word that refers to the state of shock that follows an unspeakable trauma. It is also the name of one of the most stunning, lauded pieces of theatre to come out of Canada in recent memory. Co-created by Vancouver-based choreographer Crystal Pite and Toronto-based playwright Jonathon Young (who also starred in it), Betroffenheit got four stars and a rave (“rare and staggering”) from Martha Schabas at The Globe and Mail. International reviewers lauded it. In Britain, it won a prestigious Olivier Award... Read more
Betroffenheit ranks as one of Vancouver’s biggest stage success stories - touring the globe for two years, eliciting rave reviews, and earning a coveted 2017 Olivier Award in London.
Now, in one of the most anticipated new shows of 2019, choreographer Crystal Pite and actor-writer Jonathon Young are back with Revisor. Tellingly, its world premiere here sold out months ago.
Whereas Betroffenheit mined personal tragedy - a devastating loss in Young’s own family - Revisor takes a less autobiographical direction and plays with... Read more
Back home in Vancouver last June, Crystal Pite received an honorary doctor of fine arts degree from Simon Fraser University. At the ceremony, the dean of the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology, Aoife MacNamara, introduced Pite as “an internationally renowned Canadian choreographer, whose works are sought by some of the world’s best dance companies, including the Paris Opera Ballet and the Royal Ballet.” MacNamara noted the work Pite choreographed in 2014 for SFU dance students, Singularity, performed at the... Read more