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.
The title of the piece is a German word that roughly translates as a state of shock, bewilderment or dismay. Betroffenheit is based on Young's own experience - his teenage daughter, niece and nephew died in a fire whilst on a family holiday in 2009.
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 such a tragedy. 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.
Five astonishing performers create the mindscape of Young's tormented central character as he moves from despair towards the hope of recovery. Powerfully staged, the result is a genre-defying piece of dance theatre that has stunned critics and audiences.
Betroffenheit was recorded during its sold-out performances at Sadler's Wells Theatre, London in April 2017.
In a choreographic career spanning three decades, Crystal Pite has created more than 50 works for companies such as The Paris Opera Ballet, The Royal Ballet, and the National Ballet of Canada. She is an Associate Artist at three institutions: Nederlands Dans Theater, Sadler’s Wells, London, and Canada’s National Arts Centre. She holds an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Simon Fraser University and is a Member of the Order of Canada.
In 2002, she formed her company Kidd Pivot in Vancouver. Kidd Pivot tours internationally with works such as Betroffenheit and Revisor, both co-created with playwright Jonathon Young, as well as The Tempest Replica, Dark Matters, Lost Action, and The You Show.
Pite’s many awards include the Benois de la Danse for her creation The Seasons’ Canon (2016) at the Paris Opera Ballet, the Governor General of Canada’s Performing Arts Award: Mentorship Program (2008), and the Grand Prix de la danse de Montréal (2018). She is the recipient of three Sir Laurence Olivier awards for creations with Kidd Pivot and The Royal Ballet.
More Information : kiddpivot.org
Jeff Tudor is an award-winning director, producer and writer. His first feature, Coppelia, mixes live action dance and animation, in a collaboration with Steven De Beul and Ben Tesseur of Beast Animation.
Before Coppelia, Jeff was known for capturing and adapting outstanding dance, music and theatre productions for the screen. He has directed many multi-camera, feature-length performance films for television and event cinema.
Awards include the Rose d'Or (Category: Arts), Golden Prague International Television Festival Czech Crystal (Category: Performing Arts), Dance Screen Award (Category: Best Live Performance Relay & Camera Re-Work) and San Francisco Dance Film Festival (Category: Performance Capture).
Jeff is co-founder of Dutch-British production company 3 minutes West.
Artistic direction: Crystal Pite
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. Under the direction of internationally renowned Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite, the company’s distinct choreographic language – a breadth of movement fusing classical elements and the complexity and freedom of structured improvisation – is marked by a strong theatrical sensibility and a keen sense of wit and invention.
Crystal Pite has collaborated with celebrated dance artists, theatre companies and filmmakers in Canada, Europe, and the United States. Since 2002, she has created and performed under the banner of her own company. Her work and her company have been recognized with numerous awards and commissions. Kidd Pivot tours extensively around the world with productions that include The Tempest Replica (2011), The You Show (2010), Dark Matters (2009), Lost Action (2006), and Double Story (2004), created with Richard Siegal. Kidd Pivot is the recipient of the 2006 Rio Tinto Alcan Performing Arts Award, and was resident company at Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, with the support of Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain, in Frankfurt, Germany from 2010 to 2012.
Source: Kidd Pivot 's website
Artistic direction / Conception : Crystal Pite, Jonathon Young
Choreography assistance : Bryan Arias and Cindy Salgado (salsa), David raymond (claquettes)
Interpretation : Bryan Arias, David Raymon, Cindy Salgado, Jermaine Spivey, Tiffany Tregarthen, Jonathon Young
Original music : Owen Belton, Alessandro Juliani et Meg roe
Lights : Tom Visser
Costumes : Nancy Bryant
Settings : Jay Gower Taylor
Other collaborations : Répétiteur éric Beauchesne
Production / Coproduction of the video work : Filmé au Sadler‘s Wells Theatre, London · avril 2017. Produit par 3 minutes West en coproduction avec Kidd Pivot et Electric Company Theatre pour BBC Four
Duration : 100'
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