Betroffenheit

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120 minutes, including intermission.

A Kidd Pivot, Electric Company Theatre co-production

Created by Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young
Premiered
on July 23, 2015 at Bluma Appel Theatre, Toronto, Canada

Written by: Jonathon Young
Choreographed and Directed by: Crystal Pite
Performers: Bryan Arias, David Raymond, Cindy Salgado, Jermaine Spivey, Tiffany Tregarthen, and Jonathon Young
Composition and Sound Design: Owen Belton, Alessandro Juliani and Meg Roe
Set Design: Jay Gower Taylor
Costume Design: Nancy Bryant
Lighting Design: Tom Visser
Rehearsal Direction: Eric Beauchesne
Additional Choreography: Bryan Arias and Cindy Salgado (salsa), David Raymond (tap)

A state of shock and bewilderment encompasses you in the wake of a disaster. It is a timeless, liminal space where you return again and again even as you struggle to gain and maintain distance, and where you keep responding to the disaster long after it has subsided. Here, a crisis-management team is keeping your emergency situation alive and present, a trusted voice is urging you to come to terms with the past, and a steady supply of “The Show” is available for all the distraction, escape and pleasure you crave. In one sense you’re the survivor and this is your refuge. In another, you’re the disaster waiting to happen. This new creation by two of Canada’s most celebrated companies is an innovative, boundary-stretching hybrid of theatre and dance.

The choreography and performances…were enthralling, I was so engrossed I nearly forgot to breathe…an evening of dance/theatre that’s as thrilling as it is affecting.– Mooney on Theatre

“Betroffenheit is a stunning testament to what can happen when life turns into art.” – Martha Schabas, The Globe and Mail

utterly compelling…one of the most visually memorable and emotionally powerful performances of the festival.– Chris O’Rourke, The Examiner (Dublin)

“All we can say is, ‘Wow.'” – The Georgia Straight

“Pite is an image-maker of rare distinction.” – The Australian

“Jonathon Young is radiant. This guy always looks like he’s lit from within.” – Georgia Straight

Co-produced by PANAMANIA presented by CIBC, the arts and culture program of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games, Sadler’s Wells (London UK), 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 (Ottawa), the CanDance Network, Canadian Stage (Toronto), L’Agora de la Danse (Montreal), Brian Webb Dance Company (Edmonton), and Dance Victoria (Victoria).

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.

 

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Photo (left): Tiffany Tregarthen and Jonathon Young in Betroffenheit by Wendy D Photography.

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