Two of Canada’s most groundbreaking performing arts companies will come together over the next year to create Betroffenheit, an innovative, boundary-stretching hybrid of theatre and dance.
Betroffenheit, a creative collaboration by Electric Company Theatre co-artistic director, writer and performer Jonathon Young and Kidd Pivot artistic director and choreographer Crystal Pite, will premiere in July 2015 as part of the PANAMANIA Arts and Culture Program of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games. Betroffenheit will tour through the first half of 2016, beginning at the National Arts Centre, with stops in Montreal, Toronto, Edmonton, Vancouver, Victoria, and London, UK.
Simply translated, the word Betroffenheit describes the shock or bewilderment that often follows in the wake of a violent or distressing event; a sense of being in a liminal space that is at once timeless, yet directional. Touching on themes of loss, grief, guilt, and addiction, Betroffenheit invokes the essence of this expression, articulating its personality through a system of movements that sustain tension between stasis and passage.
Betroffenheit will be co-created by Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young, with composer Owen Belton, costume designer Nancy Bryant, set designer Jay Gower Taylor, and sound designers Alessandro Juliani and Meg Roe.
Betroffenheit will be co-produced/co-commissioned by PANAMANIA Arts and Culture Program of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, Sadler’s Wells (London UK), National Arts Centre (Ottawa), The Banff Centre, On the Boards and Seattle Theater Group through the support of Glenn Kawasak, the CanDance Network, Canadian Stage (Toronto), L’Agora de la Danse (Montreal), Brian Webb Dance Company (Edmonton), and Dance Victoria (Victoria).
Electric Company and Kidd Pivot would like to thank the following organizations for their ongoing operating support, and project assistance: Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, The Province of BC, City of Vancouver, and the Hamber Foundation.
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