A piece that was a gamble in every respect and ended up becoming a primal event. This work by Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young does not leave anyone cold, because Betroffenheit deals with an experience that involves being pushed right to edge: the death of one’s own child. The way in which this is implemented explains why the international press has been so united in responding to this piece with a level of enthusiasm rarely seen. A balance is maintained between dance and theatre, which complement each other perfectly, creating a veritable plethora of images and impressions. Two clearly separate parts approach the subject matter from different directions. The texts by Canadian actor and author Jonathon Young offer insight into the conflicting streams of thought in his mind. The dance by Canadian company Kidd Pivot conveys what words cannot. Its artistic director and choreographer Crystal Pite possesses an extraordinary and highly virtuosic movement style, with a changeability that makes it exceedingly suitable. In a seemingly Kafkaesque world, colourful, absurd, show-like scenes with odd humour temporarily provide distraction. To forget, however, would equate to abandoning the dead for a second time… In spite of everything, this piece ultimately provides hopeful and long-resonating testimony on how art can offer a very helpful platform for those coming to terms with extreme experiences.
This performance includes stroboscopic effects, dense mist and sometimes quite coarse language.
Jonathon Young on Betroffenheit
Crystal Pite on Betroffenheit
Betroffenheit © Wendy D Photography
Betroffenheit © Wendy D Photography
Betroffenheit © Michael Slobodian
Multi-award-winning Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite (b. 1970) is famous for her distinct movement vocabulary and for works that she conceives in an extremely multidisciplinary way. In Vancouver in 2002, she founded her dance company Kidd Pivot (a guest at Steps in 2012 with Dark Matters). She is also sought-after worldwide as a guest choreographer (Ballet Frankfurt, the National Ballet of Canada, the Royal Ballet in London). She is an associate choreographer at NDT 1 and an associate artist at Sadler’s Wells in London. In January 2018, she prepared a new version of Emergence (2009) at Ballet Zurich. Picture: Michael Slobodian
Author and actor Jonathon Young was born in 1973. Together with Kim Collier, David Hudgins and Kevin Kerr, he founded Electric Company Theatre in 1996 in Vancouver. Here, as co-artistic director, he has realised over 20 productions. In 2015, Young wrote the one-act play The Statement (choreography: Crystal Pite) for NDT 1. He also works as an actor for film and TV (in the series Sanctuary, plus supporting roles in The Fog, Eureka and Stargate Atlantis).
Crystal Pite, Jonathon Young
Music, sound design:Owen Belton, Alessandro Juliani, Meg Roe
Bryan Arias, Cindy Salgado (Salsa), David Raymond (Tap)
Christopher Hernandez, David Raymond, Cindy Salgado, Jermaine Spivey, Tiffany Tregarthen
A collaboration between Kidd Pivot and Electric Company Theatre
PANAMANIA presented by CIBC (the arts and culture programme of the Toronto Pan Am / Parapan Am Games), Sadler’s Wells, Banff Centre (as part of the 2015 Performing Arts Residency Programme with the support of the Stollery Family and Andrea Brussa), On the Boards and Seattle Theatre Group (made possible with the support of Glenn Kawasaki), the National Arts Centre, the CanDance Network, Canadian Stage, L’Agora de la Danse, the Brian Webb Dance Company and Dance Victoria
Canada Council for the Arts, Province of British Columbia, British Columbia Arts Council, BC Gaming, City of Vancouver, Vancouver Foundation, Koerner Foundation, Charles and Joan Gross Family Foundation, and countless other individuals and businesses for the assistance provided.