RONNI LACROUTE WILLAKENZIE ESTATE
PRESENTS WHITE BIRD UNCAGED 2015-16
Kidd Pivot Artistic Director, Crystal Pite
Electric Company Theatre Artistic Director, Jonathon Young
“Emotionally intense and unsettling as it often is, this gripping and visually arresting production exemplifies what can happen when theatre and dance combine to achieve what neither could accomplish alone… it stands as a testament to the redemptive power of art.” The Toronto Star
Running Time 120 minutes, with intermission
Crystal Pite’s Kidd Pivot company returns with a spellbinding new dance/theatre piece Betroffenheit (German for “Bewilderment”), in collaboration with Jonathon Young and Vancouver’s celebrated Electric Company Theatre. A state of shock and bewilderment encompasses you in the wake of a disaster. A steady supply of “The Show” is available for the distraction, escape and pleasure you desperately crave. Betroffenheit will be gripping and unforgettable.
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NANCY & GEORGE THORN
CO-SPONSORED IN PART BY
- Kidd Pivot is recognized for their integration of movement, music, text and visual design, fusing movement and theatricality, wit and risk – transforming what it means to dance and perform.
- In 2002. Artistic Director Crystal Pite formed Kidd Pivot, a Vancouver, Canada performance company with an international team of performers trained in many forms including ballet, tap, theater and choreography.
- Crystal Pite’s work has received numerous awards, including the 2008 Governor General of Canada’s Performing Arts Award, 2011 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award, and the 2015 Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance.
- Betroffenheit is a co-creation with celebrated playwright, performer and co-founder Jonathon Young of Electric Company Theatre, a collective formed in 1996 dedicated to challenging the conventions of theatre with new, cross disciplinary works.
- Betroffenheit is a dark and personal examination of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), a mind-twisting illusory of a man’s grief and guilt through light and shadow, movement and play, electronic sound and text.
- The German word “betroffenheit” can be roughly translated as “consternation”, but to Crystal Pite it translates as “a speechlessness . . . there’s a loss of words. There’s a sense of something you aren’t able to speak about. Something about the untranslatableness of that word really works with the piece.” – C Pite (National Post)
- Jonathon Young found the title in a book by director Anne Bogart, “I latched onto this word, betroffenheit, when I began to notice a quality in the writing I have done recently – its inability to add up, or to connect. I would look back and discover some really potent images or fragments, and I started to think that, as a whole, these fragments were perhaps painting the portrait I was after.” – J Young (Stage Door)
- Eerie, distracting, at times funny, unsettling and beautiful, Betroffenheit draws from a tragedy and loss experienced by Young, but expands outward to encompass questions of survival and support.
- “It’s intense to be working with this material. It’s hard to work with that content. Surprisingly, there’s been so much joy through the creative process. You’re confronting this material, but the spirit of confronting is loving and earnest.” – C Pite (National Post)