Durham Performing Arts Center
Friday, July 14, 8:00pm
Saturday, July 15, 7:00pm
Created by Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young, Betroffenheit evokes the state of shock and bewilderment that is all encompassing in the wake of a disaster. Touching on themes of loss, trauma, addiction, and recovery, Betroffenheit is a boundary-stretching hybrid of theater and dance. The piece is co-created by Kidd Pivot and Electric Company Theatre.
This performance contains adult subject matter and language.
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, theater 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.
Electric Company Theatre is one of Canada’s leading creators of live theater, rich in spectacle and adventurous in form, challenging theatrical conventions while preserving a strong sense of story.
Electric Company Theatre was originally formed as a collective in 1996 by Siminovitch Prize-winning director Kim Collier, David Hudgins, Jonathon Young and Governor General’s Award-winning writer Kevin Kerr, who met while training at Studio 58. Jonathon Young currently leads the company as Artistic Director. The company has created 21 original productions including Betroffenheit, Tear the Curtain!, No Exit, Studies in Motion, Brilliant!, and the feature film The Score.
Electric Company Theatre has toured throughout Canada, to the US and the UK and co-founded Progress Lab 1422, a 6,000 sq ft theater creation space in Vancouver BC, with Rumble Theatre, Neworld Theatre, and Boca del Lupo.