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revısor march 7-16, 2019 Bluma Appel Theatre

A KIDD PIVOT PRODUCTION PRESENTED BY CANADIAN STAGE

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THIS PRODUCTION IS GENEROUSLY UNDERWRITTEN BY AN ANONYMOUS DONOR Dance programming Supporter:

created by Crystal Pite + Jonathon Young WRITTEN BY

VOICE DIRECTOR

Jonathon Young

Meg Roe

CHOREOGRAPHED AND DIRECTED BY

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

Crystal Pite

Jeff Harrison

ORIGINAL MUSIC AND SOUND DESIGN

STAGE MANAGER

Owen Belton Alessandro Juliani Meg Roe

Isaac Robinson SHOW CONTROL DESIGN

Eric Chad

Scenic DESIGN

LIGHTING AND SOUND TECHNICIAN

Jay Gower Taylor

Lukas McCormick

COSTUME DESIGN

WIG AND WARDROBE COORDINATOR

Nancy Bryant

Stevie Hale Jones

LIGHTING DESIGN

SET AND PROP CONSTRUCTION

Tom Visser

Great Northern Way Scene Shop

ASSISTANT TO THE CREATORS

Eric Beauchesne

CUTTER

DANCERS

Janet Dundas

Doug Letheren Rena Narumi Matthew Peacock David Raymond Ella Rothschild Cindy Salgado Jermaine Spivey Tiffany Tregarthen

COSTUME ASSISTANT

Alaia Hamer STITCHERS

Megan Veaudry Jen Reid Christine Pampel Headpiece Sculptor

Heidi Wilkinson

SWING

COMPANY MANAGER ON TOUR

Renée Sigouin

Brent Belsher

VOICES

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Kathleen Barr Ryan Beil Alessandro Juliani Nicola Lipman Scott McNeil Gerald Plunkett Meg Roe Amy Rutherford Jonathon Young

Jim Smith PRODUCER

Jason Dubois ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

Francesca Piscopo Run time: Approx.90 minutes (no intermission)


A M E S SAG E FRO M TH E C R E ATO RS We began with an old, well-known story about mistaken identity. The story is based on an anecdote that surfaced in Russia in 1833, and quickly spread. It is now widely accepted as probably true. In 1836, the story took shape in a five-act play. The play premiered in St. Petersburg before the Czar, who according to reports, laughed and applauded, and is said to have remarked “Everybody gets it, and I most of all!” The play was in disguise as a comedy. Underneath the superficial subject of mistaken identity there were, of course, deeper subjects such as deceit, tyranny, greed and corruption. Willful blindness and complicity. Bureaucracy and officialdom. Human suffering. The coming storm. The promise of change. Imminent overthrow. Salvation on the horizon. Retribution just around the corner. Justice at the gate. There is evidence from the critical response that its arrival on stage was unwelcome; it was said to be unoriginal, improbable, coarse and vulgar. It turned on a stale anecdote everyone knew, it was a rank farce and the characters were mere caricatures. It didn’t matter: the rank farce about mistaken identity quickly took its place as a national institution. Reports indicate that the Playwright of the rank farce raged against the “unctuous, cloying, farcical style” of the original production — a style that nonetheless became convention for decades. The Playwright insisted that he had been misread, and that his text contained an urgent moral indictment, a religious allegory, and a portrait of the universal soul in exile. (Incidentally, the play is called The Inspector General, or, in the original Russian, Revizor, and the playwright is Nikolai Gogol. Gogol repeatedly tried to revise Revizor to prevent further abuses of his underlying intentions, all in vain.) Since the 1830’s, the play has been translated and adapted countless times. We approached the original text as a matrix for both voice and body, and found it to be malleable and resonant. Our quest has been to locate and portray a glimpse of the soul within this most unlikely frame: a well-worn farce about corruption and deceit. We would like to thank all of our performers and collaborators for their essential contributions to the making of Revisor. They are the lifeblood of our creation; each of them masterful, generous, and truly inspiring. We are deeply grateful.

Jonathon and Crystal CO-PRODUCED BY SADLER’S WELLS (LONDON, UK), THÉÂTRE DE LA VILLE/LA VILLETTE (PARIS, FRANCE), BANFF CENTRE FOR ARTS AND CREATIVITY (BANFF, CANADA), UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL (NORTH CAROLINA, US), CANADIAN STAGE (TORONTO, CANADA), NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE (OTTAWA, CANADA), DANCEHOUSE (VANCOUVER, CANADA), DANCE VICTORIA (VICTORIA, CANADA), DANSE DANSE (MONTREAL, CANADA) AND SEATTLE THEATRE GROUP (SEATTLE, US), The Hamber Foundation (British Columbia, Canada). THIS IS ONE OF THE 200 EXCEPTIONAL PROJECTS FUNDED THROUGH THE CANADA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS’ NEW CHAPTER PROGRAM. WITH THIS $35M INVESTMENT, THE COUNCIL SUPPORTS THE CREATION AND SHARING OF THE ARTS IN COMMUNITIES ACROSS CANADA. DEVELOPED WITH SUPPORT FROM THE NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE’S NATIONAL CREATION FUND. KIDD PIVOT BENEFITS FROM THE SUPPORT OF BNP PARIBAS FOUNDATION FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF ITS PROJECTS. KIDD PIVOT WOULD LIKE TO THANK: JOHN MURPHY, MARK CHAVEZ, ARTEMIS GORDON, ARTS UMBRELLA, THE SHADBOLT CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, UBC THEATRE, MICHAEL SLOBODIAN, MALCOLM DOW, AND THE GENEROUS FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS FROM THE FRIENDS OF KIDD PIVOT. World Premiere: February 20th, 2019 Vancouver Playhouse, Vancouver, Canada


Crystal Pite

Eric Beauchesne

Jonathon Young

Doug Letheren

Rena Narumi

Matthew Peacock

David Raymond

Ella Rothschild

Cindy Salgado

RenĂŠe Sigouin

Jermaine Spivey

Tiffany Tregarthen


CRYSTAL PITE Co-creator, Choreographer, Director 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 I, 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, London. She holds an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Simon Fraser University. In 2002, she formed Kidd Pivot in Vancouver.

JONATHON YOUNG Co-creator, Writer 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). Jonathon is the

recipient of an Olivier Award, the UK National Dance Award and several Jessie Richardson Awards for writing and performance.

ERIC BEAUCHESNE Associate Artistic Director Born in Québec, Eric has danced with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, and with contemporary dance icons such as La Fondation Jean-Pierre Perrault, Paul-André Fortier and Louise Lecavalier. Company member since 2004, Eric stages Pite’s work worldwide and serves as guest teacher. He currently resides in Holland and devotes his spare time advocating for climate action.

OWEN BELTON Composer, Sound Designer Owen graduated with a degree in Fine and Performing Arts and studied acoustic and computer music composition. Since 1994, he has created scores for dance companies including Kidd Pivot, The National Ballet of Canada, Nederlands Dans Theater, Ballet Jorgen, Cullberg Ballet in Stockholm, Ballet Nuremberg, Oregon Ballet Theatre and 420 People in Prague.

NANCY BRYANT Costume Designer Nancy Bryant’s home is in Vancouver, BC. Nancy has designed for dance, theatre, opera and film since the late 1980’s. Her design work has taken her across Canada, the USA, Europe and the UK. Collaborations with Crystal Pite and the design team include works for The Netherlands Dance Theatre, The Paris Opera Ballet, The Royal Ballet London and for Kidd Pivot.


ALESSANDRO JULIANI and MEG ROE Composers, Sound Designers Alessandro and Meg are Canadian multidisciplinary artists whose works have been seen and heard across Canada and internationally in conjunction with: The Shaw Festival, Stratford Festival, Canadian Stage, Crow’s Theatre, Factory Theatre, Centaur Theatre, Bard on the Beach, Electric Company Theatre, Blackbird Theatre, Arts Club, The Vancouver Playhouse, Pi Theatre, Rumble Theatre, The National Arts Centre, Theatre Calgary, Alberta Theatre Projects, Theatre Junction, Citadel Theatre, Belfry, Intrepid Theatre, Theatre SKAM, Theatre Aquarius, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Western Canada Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare Festival, American Conservatory Theatre (San Francisco), Center Theater Group (LA), and the Britten/Pears Festival (UK).

DOUG LETHEREN

MATTHEW PEACOCK Performer Matthew was born in Seoul, Korea and raised in New York. Matthew has performed with artists such as Ariana Grande, Madonna, The 1975, Selena Gomez, and with Cirque Du Soleil, Odyssey Dance Theatre and Chu.This. Matthew is a creative director and choreographer working on projects for Billie Eilish, Jared Leto, Cardi B, One Republic, Demi Lovato and Børns.

DAVID RAYMOND Performer Born and raised in Penticton, BC, David co-founded Out Innerspace Dance Theatre and Modus Operandi, a platform to develop and share practice with young artists. David has performed with Company 605, Wen Wei Dance, Response Dance, Dana Gingras, Simone Orlando, Beijing Modern Dance, Vancouver Opera, and Move: The Company.

Performer Doug is from New Hampshire USA and a graduate of The Juilliard School. He has worked with the Batsheva Dance Company, Sharon Eyal’s L-E-V, the GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, Aszure Barton, Adam Linder, Alan Lucien Øyen and is currently a member of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. Doug is a recipient of the 2007 Movado Future Legends Award.

ELLA ROTHSCHILD

RENA NARUMI

CINDY SALGADO

Performer Rena was born in Tokyo, Japan. She has performed with ProArteDanza, Kidd Pivot, Hessischen Staatstheaters Wiesbaden, Royal Swedish Ballet (RSB), Nederlands Dans Theater 1 (NDT1). With RSB, she performed the main role of Juliet in Juliet and Romeo by Mats Ek. With NDT1, she traveled all over the world to perform.

Performer Born in Israel, Ella has been dancing with Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak Dance Company and Batsheva Dance Company. Since 2010, Ella has been creating works in collaboration with artists from various disciplines. In 2016, she received the Rosenblum Performing Arts Award by the city of Tel-Aviv for promising creator and the Ministry cultural award. Performer Since graduating from the Juilliard School with the Princess Grace Award in 2005, Cindy has performed with Aszure Barton and Artists, ChuThis, and on various projects for Mia Michaels and Andy Blankenbuehler. Cindy is a faculty member for New York City Dance Alliance and the co-founder of Artists Striving To End Poverty (ASTEP).


RENÉE SIGOUIN Performer Renée was born in Saskatchewan and moved to Vancouver in 2008. Since graduating from the Modus Operandi program in 2012, she has performed with Out Innerspace Dance Theatre, Company 605, Wen Wei Dance, Mascall Dance, Kinesis Dance Somatheatro, EDAM, Constance Cooke and Emmalena Fredriksson.

JERMAINE SPIVEY Performer Kidd Pivot member since 2008, is a graduate of Baltimore School for the Arts and The Juilliard School. Jermaine has performed with Ballet Gulbenkian, Cullberg Ballet, American Repertory Theater, Robyn Live 2016 and The Forsythe Company. Jermaine instructs dance internationally, choreographs, creates and performs interdisciplinary works with partner Spenser Theberge.

JAY GOWER TAYLOR Scenic Designer For the last decade, Jay has created onstage environments in collaboration with Crystal Pite for Nederlands Dans Theater, the National Ballet of Canada, Sadler’s Wells, and the last three major works of Kidd Pivot, including Betroffenheit. Recently, Jay designed The Seasons’ Canon for The Paris Opera Ballet and Flight Pattern for The Royal Ballet, London.

TIFFANY TREGARTHEN Performer Born in Prince George, BC, Tiffany’s career began in New York, Seoul and Antwerp before co-founding Out Innerspace Dance Theatre and postsecondary program Modus Operandi in Vancouver. She

has danced with Radix Theatre, Beijing Modern Dance Company, Vancouver Opera, Company 605, Wen Wei Dance, and Justine Chambers among others.

TOM VISSER Lighting Designer Tom Visser grew up in the countryside of west Ireland. At the age of 18 he started working in music theatre through his theatrical family and in dance through the Nederlands Dans Theater. Since 2005 he has created original designs for choreographers including Crystal Pite, Alexander Ekman, Johan Inger, Stijn Celis, Lukas Timulak, Sharon Eyal, Hofesh Shechter, and more.

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