A creative collaboration by two of Canada’s most adventurous artists

NAC Dance continues to invest in the creation and development of new work, and to date we have supported dozens of co-productions that have gone on to tour worldwide, carrying our name alongside.  The NAC Associate Dance Artist program includes 11 Canadian choreographers with whom we collaborate on an ongoing basis. 

Earlier this year we spoke with Associate Dance Artists Crystal Pite about her relationship with the NAC, and her newest work Bettrofenheit, whichs premieres this week at Panamania, the arts and culture festival accompanying Toronto’s Pan Am Games, and that will be presented by the NAC in February as the first stop on a major Canadian and US tour. 

In this NAC co-production, Crystal and her Vancouver-based company Kidd Pivot have collaborated with Jonathon Young of Vancouver’s Electric Company Theatre to create an innovative, boundary-stretching dance-theatre mashup. A German word for the shock that follows a violent incident, the three-act Betroffenheit follows the fate of the central character as he suffers through a tragedy, surrounded by a carnival-like team set up for distraction and confrontation.   With seven phenomenal performers, set design by Jay Gower-Taylor, costume design by Nancy Bryant, and sound design and composition by Owen Belton, Alessandro Juliani and Meg Roe, Betroffenheit is a breakthrough work by an extraordinary group of Canadian artists.   

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