Betroffenheit is a collaboration of two of Canada's most celebrated companies, presented by Crystal Pite of the Kidd Pivot and Jonathon Young, playwright and actor of the Electric Company Theatre. The work is inspired by Young's personal experience. In 2009, Jonathon Young lost his teenage daughter in a fire, making him hit the rock bottom in his life. In the production, Young plays a character that conquers his drug-addiction, aiming to portray the addiction of indulging in one's sorrow as tempting as resorting to drugs when someone is traumatized in his or her life. Even in the cycle of being dazed, tortured and then saved, life still shows tenderness. The arts can utter those unspoken pains for us and thus grant us the surprise of being reborn. Crystal Pite is the associate choreographer of Nederlands Dans Theater as well as the associate artist at Sadler's Wells, London, and has been awarded the Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance. The production ingenious integrates elements from Broadway musicals, modern dance, jazz, circus, salsa, and tap dancing – a perfect combination of dance and theater. It was claimed as a must-see after its premiere in 2015 and won the Laurence Olivier Award for the Best New Dance Production.
A Kidd Pivot and Electric Company Theatre production
Creation/ Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young
Playwright/ Jonathon Young
Choreography&Direction/ Crystal Pite
Performers/ Bryan Arias, David Raymond, Cindy Salgado, Jermaine Spivey, Tiffany Tregarthen, and Jonathon Young
Composition&Sound Design/ Owen Belton, Alessandro Juliani and Meg Roe
Set Design/ Jay Gower Taylor
Lighting Design/ Tom Visser
Costume Design/ Nancy Bryant
Rehearsal Director/ Eric Beauchesne
Additional Choreography/ Bryan Arias and Cindy Salgado (salsa), David Raymond (tap)
Scenic Painters / Patrick Spavor, Daniel Dumitriu
Puppets/ Heidi Wilkinson, Omanie Elias
Duration: approx. 120 minutes with an intermission.
Performed in English with Chinese surtitles.
This production contains coarse language, adult themes, strobe lighting and haze effects. Audience discretion is advised.
Pre-talk: 30 minutes before every performance at the lobby of National Theater.
Post-talk: 2/25(Sun.) at the lobby of National Theater.