‘Betroffenheit’ honoured at Jessie and Dora award events

We’re honoured to have won 2 Canadian performing arts awards last night!

Kidd Pivot and Electric Company Theatre‘s new work Betroffenheit took home The Georgia Straight Critic’s Choice Innovation Award at the The Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards in Vancouver, and Outstanding Dance Production at the TAPA Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts Dora Mavor Moore Awards.

Thanks everyone!

Shock and Awe: PTSD in Performance

A free public forum exploring the themes of Electric Company Theatre and Kidd Pivot’s production Betroffenheit.

Saturday, February 27, 2016; 2 – 3PM
Queen Elizabeth Theatre Salon (650 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC)
FREE, limited seating available.

Join Betroffenheit creators Jonathon Young & Crystal Pite, and Dr. Diane McIntosh (Psychiatrist, UBC Mood & Anxiety Disorders Program) for a free forum. The forum will explore the topics of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), addiction, and recovery, and will examine the ways in which these important social issues are expressed in the production.

Electric Company Theatre is pleased to partner with Kidd Pivot and DanceHouse for this forum.

Electric Company Theatre and Kidd Pivot gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Province of British Columbia, British Columbia Arts Council, BC Gaming, the City of Vancouver, the Vancouver Foundation, the Koerner Foundation, the Charles and Joan Gross Family Foundation, and countless individual and business supporters.


Thanks to all of our wonderful Indiegogo campaign contributors! Your contribution helped us to bring Betroffenheit to the stage!

Alan Teder, Alison Grant, Alison Matthews, Cindy Broquaire, Cheryl Berge, Christelle Golzio, Daniela Stelzer, Dawn Williamson, Deborah Bouchard, Diane Kent, Dominika Daskova, Don & Joan Greenfield, Eleanor C. Sleath, George & Joanne Young, Ginger Graves, Glynis Leyshon,  Haig Sutherland, Ilona Scharer, Jamie Chew, Jan Suchomel, Jane Heyman & Lionel Johnston, Jane Perry, Jennifer Swan, Jillian Meyers, Johanna Thomas, John Mackenzie, Jonathan Winsby, Julia Mackey & Dirk Van Stralen, Laura Gray, Leslie Hurtig, Lisa Loomis, Lynda Stokes, Marie Claire Beauchesne, Miranda Burgess, Pam Johnson, Paul Rosenbaum, Paula Palyga, Sandra Ferens, Sarah Corey, Sarah G. Stanley, Shawn & Jessica Bouchard, Sheila Collier, Steven Charles, Su Hutchinson, Todd Collier, and Veronica Rossos.

Help Kidd Pivot and Electric Company Theatre bring Betroffenheit to the stage!


Crystal Pite (Kidd Pivot) and Jonathon Young (Electric Company Theatre). One actor and five Kidd Pivot company members. A design team of 6 that spans the globe.  This is a big show. A complex one. And we can’t wait to bring it to you.

We need to raise $10 000 before our premiere on July 23, 2015 at the PANAMANIA Arts and Culture Program in Toronto, ON. The funds we raise will go towards production elements as we get to the end of our creation and rehearsal period. We’re going to make fancy things. Sparkly things. Loud things. Bright things. BUT we can’t tell you any more than that, because it’s gotta be a surprise for when you see it live. Trust us.

We welcome contributions of any size – big or small, every gift will bring us closer to achieving our goal. For a gift $25 or more you have the option to receive one of the special perks listed on our Indiegogo page – from personalized shout-outs to exclusive packages that include merch, photos, signed scripts, a personalized video thank-you, an invitation to a studio rehearsal, and even Skype chats with the creators! We’ve listed a January 2016 delivery date for some of these items, but hope to have most of ’em out by September 2016.

If you’re Canadian and give a gift of $25 or more, you will get a tax receipt for the amount of your donation (minus value of perks). Hoorah!

 Betroffenheit premiered July 23 – 25, 2015 as part of the PANAMANIA Arts and Culture Program of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games at Canadian Stage.

The Banff Centre residencies for Betroffenheit were made possible through generous donations by The Stollery Family and Andrea Brussa.

Crystal Pite on CBC’s ‘Wachtel on the Arts’

Listen to Kidd Pivot Artistic Director Crystal Pite in conversation with Eleanor Wachtel on CBC Ideas Wachtel on the Arts (original air date May 18, 2015):

Eleanor Wachtel talks to Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite. She’s been called a “dance genius” for her risky, imaginative, and emotionally compelling work.

There’s a tension between perfect control and wild recklessness in Crystal Pite’s works such as Dark Matters, The You Show, and The Tempest, Replica. The choreographer, who was born in Terrace, British Columbia and grew up in the Oak Bay neighbourhood of Victoria, is among the most in-demand dance creators in the world. She produces work for the most prestigious dance companies, like the Netherlands Dance Theatre, New York’s Cedar Lake, and London’s Sadler’s Wells, where her 2014 work, Polaris, was praised by British critics as the highlight of the whole year. Her own company, Kidd Pivot, is based in Vancouver.

Pite’s newest work, Betroffenheit, will debut at PANAMANIA, the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games cultural festival in Toronto in July. It will tour Canada, the U.S. and Britain in 2016.

Visit the PANAMANIA website for more details; buy tickets to the premiere performances through Canadian Stage‘s website.

Betroffenheit is co-produced by PANAMANIA Arts and Culture Program of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, Sadler’s Wells, The Banff Centre as part of the 2015 Performing Arts Residency Program through the support of The Stollery Family and Andrea Brussa, On the Boards and the Seattle Theatre Group through the support of Glenn Kawasaki, National Arts Centre, the CanDance Network, Canadian Stage, L’Agora de la Danse, Brian Webb Dance Company, and Dance Victoria.