A state of shock and bewilderment encompasses you in the wake of a disaster. A timeless space where you return again and again, repeatedly responding to the disaster long after it has subsided. Here, a crisis-management team is keeping your emergency situation alive and present, a trusted voice is urging you to come to terms with the past, and a steady supply of The Show is available for all the distraction, escape and pleasure you crave. You are the Survivor.
Olivier Award-winning Crystal Pite and pioneering playwright/performer Jonathon Young join creative forces in this unforgettable hybrid of theatre and dance. Epic, engrossing and visually arresting, Betroffenheit touches on themes of loss, addiction and recovery. With unflinching honesty, Pite and Young explore what happens to a person in the wake of trauma. Five extraordinary performers provide a glossy cabaret to Young’s tragic central character using contemporary dance, comedy, drama and text.
With an exceptional team of artistic collaborators, this major new production has taken North America by storm. As thrilling as it is affecting, it is a stunning testament to the transformative power of art.
Written by: Jonathon Young
Choreographed and Directed by: Crystal Pite
Performers: Bryan Arias (2015-2017), Christopher Hernandez (2018), David Raymond, Cindy Salgado, Jermaine Spivey, Tiffany Tregarthen, and Jonathon Young
Composition and Sound Design: Owen Belton, Alessandro Juliani and Meg Roe
Set Design: Jay Gower Taylor
Costume Design: Nancy Bryant
Lighting Design: Tom Visser
Rehearsal Direction: Eric Beauchesne
Additional Choreography: Bryan Arias and Cindy Salgado (salsa), David Raymond (tap)