“a stunning testament to what can happen when life turns into art” The Globe and Mail
Two of Canada’s most exciting and adventurous artists – Crystal Pite (Kidd Pivot) and Jonathon Young (Electric Company Theatre) – join forces to create an innovative, boundarystretching dance-theatre collaboration. Touching on powerful themes of loss, trauma, addiction and recovery, Betroffenheit (German for extreme shock or distress) is a series of movements sustaining tension between stasis and passage. Rich in spectacle, it takes place in a timeless, liminal space. With a stellar group of performers and an A-team of artistic collaborators, Pite and Young have woven a fascinating hybrid of drama and pathos, ever teetering between disaster and survival. Betroffenheit will premiere during Panamania, the arts and culture festival accompanying Toronto’s Pan Am Games in summer 2015, before starting a Canadian tour at the NAC.
- contains a strobe-like effect, non-toxic theatrical haze and coarse language
- The text spoken in Betroffenheit is in English
Created by: Crystal Pite and / et Jonathon Young
Written by: Jonathon Young
Bryan Arias, David Raymond, Cindy Salgado, Jermaine Spivey, Tiffany Tregarthen, Jonathon Young
Co-producers: PANAMANIA Arts and Culture Program of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, Sadler’s Wells (London), National Arts Centre (Ottawa), The Banff Centre, the CanDance Network , Canadian Stage (Toronto), Agora de la danse (Montréal), Brian Webb Dance Company (Edmonton), and Dance Victoria (Victoria).
Performance is approximately 2 hours including intermission