March 11-12, 2016
Betroffenheit by Kidd Pivot + Electric Company Theatre
“Betroffenheit” is a German word with no direct English translation. It describes the state of shock and bewilderment that encompasses you in the wake of a disaster: a timeless liminal space where you return again and again as you struggle to gain and maintain distance, and where you continue responding to the disaster long after it has happened. In the hands of Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young and their A-list Canadian collaborators, Betroffenheit is a powerful breakthrough work: a dance-theatre hybrid. Arriving too late at the scene of a disaster, a man’s psyche takes the form of five dancers who tease, cavort and bully.
Victoria is proud to claim choreographer/director Crystal Pite as its very own hometown star. She left Victoria in 1988 to join Ballet BC where she danced for eight years. In 1996, she travelled to Germany to join maverick dance innovator William Forsythe and his company, Ballett Frankfurt, returning to Canada and settling in Vancouver in 2001.
Pite founded her own company, Kidd Pivot, in 2002. In 2010, the Company was invited to become the resident company of Kunstlerhaus Mousonturm in Frankfurt for three years.
Pite is sought after as a choreographer who has set new works on the National Ballet of Canada, Royal Swedish Ballet, Sadler’s Wells (resident artist), Nederlands Dans Theater (resident choreographer), Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, Ballet BC and many more. She has won multiple awards including four Dora Mavor Moore Awards for her 2010 work Dark Matters, an Olivier Award in 2015 for Outstanding Achievement in Dance, and the Mayor’s Art Award for Dance (Vancouver, 2015).
Jonathon Young is a stage, television and film actor. He is a writer and he is co-Artistic Director of Vancouver’s Electric Company Theatre that he co-founded with Kim Collier, David Hudgins and Kevin Kerr in 1996. Since 1998, the company has won multiple awards in Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa and San Francisco. The Electrics have been called “one of the most exciting companies working in Canada today” (Toronto Life).
Co-producers: PANAMANIA Arts and Culture Program of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Games, Sadler’s Wells (London), National Arts Centre (Ottawa), the Banff Centre, the CanDance Network, Canadian Stage (Toronto), Agora de la danse (Montréal), Brian Webb Dance Company (Edmonton), and Dance Victoria.
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