In 2017, the choreographer Crystal Pite, who was a guest of the İstanbul Theatre Festival as part of Nederlands Dans Theater 1, had received a standing ovation that lasted several minutes for The Statement, and gained the deep admiration of the festival audience. While that unforgettable show continues to retain its effect, our audiences will have the chance to see another show by Pite, Betroffenheit, which has been described by dance critics as the best of 2016 and by The Guardian as ‘the best dance show of the 21st century.’ Betroffenheit was recorded live at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in 2017 and won the prestigious Laurence Olivier Award for ‘Best New Dance Production’ the following year, as well as the Rose d’Or Award and Czech Crystal Award at the Golden Prague… Pite co-created the show with award-winning actor and writer Jonathon Young. Betroffenheit is a mix of theatre and dance that pushes boundaries, exploring the psychological states of trauma, grief, and addiction. Combining tap and salsa, spoken word poetry, singing, and puppeteering with Pite’s emotionally charged choreography, Betroffenheit is a witty and affectionate exploration of what it means to face disconnection, isolation, and the tragedies of life… Described as raw and immersive, the five the talented dancer/actors in this genre-bending dance-theatre hybrid are inspired by the true story of the traumatic event in which Jonathon Young lost his daughter, niece, and nephew, thus offering a breath-taking example of what can happen when life transforms into art.
Lasts app. 106’.
English with Turkish subtitles.
Produced by: 3 minutes West
Co-production by: Kidd Pivot, Electric Company Theatre for BBC Four
Written by: Jonathon Young, Crystal Pite
Choreography & Direction: Owen Belton, Alessandro Juliani, Meg Roe
Original Music & Sound Design: Jim Smith, Jessie Van Rijn Mumford
Stage Production & Design: Jay Gower Taylor
Dancers: Bryan Arias, David Raymond, Cindy Salgado, Jermaine Spivey, Tiffany Tregarthen, Jonathon Young