Kidd Pivot with Electric Company Theatre performs Betroffenheit!
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…Something about the untranslatable of that word really works with the piece.” (National Post) Found in a book authored by renowned director Anne Bogart, Jonathon Young latched on to the word, saying “I began to notice a quality in the writing I have done recently – its inability to add up, or to connect. . . and I started to think that, as a whole, these fragments were perhaps painting the portrait I was after.” (Stage Door)
Betroffenheit, a new performance co-created by Crystal Pite of Kidd Pivot and Jonathon Young of Electric Company Theater, is an innovative hybrid of theatre and dance. Eerie, distracting, witty, unsettling and beautiful, Betroffenheit is an enigmatic, personal examination of PTSD, tragedy and loss performed through movement, shadow, sound and text.