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Betroffenheit

By Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young

Year: 2018, 106 mins
Code: AH-Bet

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Created by Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young, the award-winning Betroffenheit is a boundary-stretching hybrid of theatre and dance that explores the psychological states of trauma, grief and addiction.

Combining tap, salsa, spoken word, song and puppetry with Pite's emotionally charged choreography, Betroffenheit is a witty and tender-hearted exploration of disconnection, isolation and what it means to come to terms with life’s tragic events. Five astonishing performers create the mindscape of Young’s tormented central character as he moves from despair towards the hope of recovery.

Described as raw and riveting, this genre-busting dance-theatre hybrid was the Dance Critics' top pick of 2016, and won the 2017 Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production. Jonathon Young was also deservedly awarded Outstanding Performance in Modern Dance at the Critics' Circle National Dance Awards.

Crystal Pite

Canadian choreographer and director Crystal Pite made her Royal Ballet debut in the 2016/17 Season with Flight Pattern.

Pite is a former company member of Ballet British Columbia and William Forsythe’s Frankfurt Ballet. She professional choreographic debut was in 1990, at Ballet British Columbia. Since then, she has created more than fifty works for companies such as The Royal Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater I, Cullberg Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal (Resident Choreographer, 2001–04), Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet and Ballet British Columbia. She has also collaborated with Electric Company Theatre and Robert Lepage. Pite is Associate Choreographer of Nederlands Dans Theater I, Associate Dance Artist of Canada’s National Arts Centre and Associate Artist at Sadler’s Wells. She holds an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Simon Fraser University.

In 2002, she formed her company Kidd Pivot in Vancouver. Integrating movement, original music, text and rich visual design, Kidd Pivot’s performance work is assembled with recklessness and rigour, balancing sharp exactitude with irreverence and risk. The company’s distinct choreographic language is marked by a strong theatrical sensibility and a keen sense of wit and invention. Kidd Pivot tours nationally and internationally, performing critically acclaimed works such as BetroffenheitThe Tempest ReplicaDark MattersLost Action and The You Show. The company recently toured Revisor, a co-creation with playwright Jonathon Young.

Pite is the recipient of the 2008 Governor General of Canada’s Performing Arts Award, Mentorship Program, the 2011 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award, the 2012 Lola Award, the Canada Council’s 2012 Jacqueline Lemieux Prize and the UK Critic’s Circle Dance Award in 2015 and 2018. In 2017, she received the Benois de la Danse for her creation The Seasons’ Canon at Paris Opera Ballet. In 2018, she received the Grand Prix de la danse de Montréal. She is the recipient of three Olivier awards, including one in 2017 for Flight Pattern.

 

Jonathon Young

Canadian actor/writer Jonathon Young has collaborated on the making of over 20 original productions with Electric Company Theatre including: Tear the Curtain! (a film/theatre hybrid for Arts Club Theatre and Canadian Stage), No Exit (a re-working of Jean-Paul Sartre’s play performed in San Francisco at the American Conservatory Theatre) and Studies in Motion (Vancouver Playhouse, Edmonton Citadel, Theatre Calgary, Canadian Stage). In addition, Jonathon has worked across Canada as a freelance actor. Some recent projects include: All But Gone (Necessary Angel, Toronto) The Waiting Room (Arts Club Theatre, Vancouver), The Great Gatsby (Theatre Calgary), Hamlet (Bard on the Beach Festival, Vancouver). Jonathon has collaborated with Crystal Pite on two projects for Nederlands Dance Theatre: Parade and The Statement, which was performed at New York City Centre in November 2016.

Jonathon is a recipient of the UK National Dance Award and several Jessie Richardson Awards for acting and writing.

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