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Betroffenheit

Electric Company Theatre
Kidd Pivot


Past Event
  • About

    Betroffenheit translates as “sadness” or “consternation” but also implies the shock, bewilderment and stasis that encompass you in the wake of a disaster. In this piece, Jonathon Young, one of Canada’s best known actors, wrote and stars in this work that takes its inspiration from the aftermath of an almost unbearable personal tragedy. He has collaborated with the dance world’s most astonishing new stars, Crystal Pite, and her celebrated Vancouver-based company Kidd Pivot.

    This boundary-stretching hybrid of theatre and dance is as emotionally honest a work of art as anything you’ll ever experience. Disturbing, gripping and finally redemptive, it is two hours you will never forget.

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  • Credits

    Created by Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young
    Writer Jonathon Young
    Choreographer and Director 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 David Raymond, Bryan Arias and Cindy Salgado

    A Kidd Pivot, Electric Company Theatre co-production

    Premiered on July 23, 2015 at Bluma Appel Theatre, Toronto, Canada

    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.

    Images Michael Slobodian

  • Learn More

    Interviews

    LISTEN: Betroffenheit's Jonathon Young on Arts Breakfast - Radio Adelaide

    Reviews

    The Guardian | The Globe and Mail

    Videos

    Watch the trailer


    Artistic Directors Neil Armfield and Rachel Healy preview Betroffenheit






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“Young’s text moves far beyond the specifics of his own story... [addressing] the experience of human suffering with raw and heroic brilliance... astoundingly good”

The Guardian

"Betroffenheit is a stunning testament to what can happen when life turns into art"

The Globe and Mail

“Great art is by its definition surprisingly rare. But on Tuesday, at Sadler’s Wells, I saw Betroffenheit, a piece that meets all the criteria”

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