WINNER - OLIVIER AWARD FOR BEST NEW DANCE PRODUCTION (2017)Some questions are impossible to answer and some experiences too personal to express. Choreographer Crystal Pite and actor/playwright Jonathon Young join forces to examine, with unflinching honesty, what happens to the individual in the wake of a trauma. A rare fusion of comedy and drama, poetry and movement, Betroffenheit has enraptured critics and audiences worldwide. After two sold-out runs, this landmark dance-theatre collaboration, co-commissioned by Canadian Stage, returns as part of a major international tour.
★★★★ (out of 4) "Devastating and powerful"
- THE GLOBE AND MAIL
"Raw... riveting drama... virtuosic dance"
- THE GUARDIAN
- Bluma Appel Theatre
- Run Time: 120 minutes (with one intermission)
- Audience Advisory: Contains a strobe-like effect, non-toxic theatrical haze and coarse language
WRITTEN BYJonathon Young
CHOREOGRAPHER AND DIRECTED BYCrystal Pite
COMPOSITION AND SOUND DESIGNOwen Belton
SET DESIGNJay Gower Taylor
LIGHTING DESIGNTom Visser
COSTUME DESIGNNancy Bryant
REHEARSAL DIRECTIONEric Beauchesne
ADDITIONAL CHOREOGRAPHYBryan Arias (salsa)
Cindy Salgado (salsa)
David Raymond (tap)
SET CONSTRUCTIONScene Ideas
SCENIC PAINTERSPatrick Spavor
COSTUME ASSISTANT AND BUILDERNicola Ryall
COSTUME CUTTERLinda Chow
PRODUCTION MANAGER AND TECHNICAL DIRECTORJeremy Collie-Holmes
STAGE MANAGERJan Hodgson*
*appears with the permission of canadian actors’ equity association
Co-produced by PANAMANIA presented by CIBC, the arts and culture program of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games, Sadler’s Wells (London UK), The Banff Centre as part of the 2015 Performing Arts Residency Program through the support of The Stollery Family and Andrea Brussa, On the Boards and the Seattle Theatre Group through the support of Glenn Kawasaki, National Arts Centre (Ottawa), the CanDance Network, Canadian Stage (Toronto), L’Agora de la Danse (Montreal), Brian Webb Dance Company (Edmonton), and Dance Victoria (Victoria).
Pre-show chats are free with a ticket to that evening's performance
Friday October 16, 2015
6:15-6:45pmMarcia Blumberg, Associate Professor in English at York University, discusses Samuel Beckett’s repertoire and the significance of Not I, Footfalls and Rockaby.
Friday October 23, 2015
6:15-6:45pmAssistant Professor at University of Toronto’s Drama Centre T. Nikki Cesare Schotzko presents. Topic TBA.
Friday, October 30, 2015
6:15-6:45pmLarry Switzky, Assistant Professor at University of Toronto, discusses Beckett's love for visual art and the relationship between his late plays and sculpture.
- The Guardian: "Betroffenheit review – trauma and grief shape a startling, disturbing performance"
- The Globe and Mail: "Betroffenheit is a stunning testament to what can happen when life turns into art"
- The Independent: "Betroffenheit, Sadler's Wells, London, review: This dance-theatre hybrid is raw, funny and profoundly, tenderly human"