A strange, dark, dance-theatre hybrid, this interweaves a relatively straight forward (yet absolutely compelling) narrative about mistaken identities, back-stabbing and institutional corruption in a totalitarian state, with a meta-discussion about identity and the creative process. Like Crystal Pite & Jonathon Young's magnificent Bettrofenheit, this mixes dance, mime and theatre with striking lighting and visual effects and interesting dubbing and layering of sounds, voices and music to create an at-times overwhelming spectacle.
Unlike the former piece, however, Revisor also has a really light & humorous touch in places: Long segments feel like a Buster Keaton silent comedy, with exaggerated staccato movements. This strange, slightly unnerving sense of humour worked really well, with the performance being dark in places and very funny in others.
This certainly won't be for everyone, but if you're on the fence, then I'd say it's certainly worth a go. For me it was an easy 5 stars.
This season at Sadlers Wells is proving to be really great. Last month's Mam by Michael Keegan-Dolan was simply wonderful, and I can't wait for Akram Khan's new piece in April.
(Side note: At yesterday's performance it looked like they were filming, so I suppose it will eventually be on the BBC with a future DVD release much like happened with Bettrofenheit.)