An unflinchingly honesty examination of 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. This 2017 Olivier Award Winner for Best New Dance Production comes to Edmonton as part of a major international tour.
Written by JONATHON YOUNG
Choreographed & Directed by CRYSTAL PITE
Composition & Sound Design by OWEN BELTON, ALESSANDRO JULIANI, and MEG ROE
Set Design by JAY GOWER TAYLOR
Costume Design by NANCY BRYANT
Lighting Design by TOM VISSER
Rehearsal Direction by ERIC BEAUCHESNE
Additional Choreography by BRYAN ARIAS and CINDY SALGADO (salsa), DAVID RAYMOND (tap)
… one of the must-see events of the season.
Raw ... riveting drama ... virtuosic dance.
Cast & Creative Team
- Christopher HernandezPerformer×Christopher HernandezPerformer
Christopher Hernandez was born and raised in Miami, Fl. After graduating with a BFA from the Conservatory of Dance, Christopher went on to join the companies of Ballet Hispanico, Sleep No More, and most recently the cast of Broadway's ON YOUR FEET! Christopher was a performer in Lincoln Center's great American Dance series featuring Ballet Hispanico, which premiered internationally in theatres in 2016, and on television as part of PBS Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration in 2017. He also has been seen dancing alongside recording artists such as Ricky Martin, and Marc Anthony in televised performances and concerts. This is Christopher's first year working with Kidd Pivot.
- David RaymondPerformer/Additional Choreography (tap)×David RaymondPerformer/Additional Choreography (tap)
Born and raised in Penticton, B.C., David Raymond began as a tap dancer and continued to train in classical and other forms of dance, forming Over the Influence with four street dancers. In 2004, he entered a two-year creative residency with Tiffany Tregarthen in Antwerp, Belgium. Upon returning to Vancouver in 2007, they founded Out Innerspace Dance Theatre to serve as the home for their creative work, and Modus Operandi as a platform to develop and share their practice with young artists. David has performed with The 605 Collective, Wen Wei Dance, Response Dance, Dana Gingras, Simone Orlando, Beijing Modern Dance, Vancouver Opera, and Move: The Company.
- Cindy SalgadoPerformer/Additional Choreography (salsa)×Cindy SalgadoPerformer/Additional Choreography (salsa)
Born in Sunnyvale, CA, Cindy Salgado began her training at the age of three. After graduating from the Juilliard School in 2005 with the Princess Grace Award, she began freelancing in New York. She danced for Aszure Barton & Artists, most memorably on tour with Mikhail Baryshnikov, assisted Andy Blankenbuehler in preproduction for Hamilton and other Broadway shows, and assisted and performed for Mia Michaels. She is on faculty with New York City Dance Alliance and was Assistant Rehearsal Director for Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet. Cindy was a cofounder and teacher for Artists Striving To End Poverty. She co-started a multimedia dance theatre company called Shook Ones in 2014. Cindy has been a proud member of Kidd Pivot since 2009.
- Jermaine SpiveyPerformer×Jermaine SpiveyPerformer
Jermaine Maurice Spivey was born in Baltimore, Maryland, where he began his dance training and later attended performing arts high school at the Baltimore School for the Arts. After graduating with a BFA in dance from The Juilliard School in 2002, he moved to Lisbon, Portugal, where he danced with Ballet Gulbenkian from 2002 to 2005. In 2005, Jermaine joined the Cullberg Ballet, where he met Crystal Pite, and performed with the company until Summer 2008. Jermaine has received several awards in dance including the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts 1st Level Scholarship and the Princess Grace Award. Jermaine has been performing with Kidd Pivot since August 2008.
- Tiffany TregarthenPerformer×Tiffany TregarthenPerformer
Born in Prince George, B.C., Tiffany Tregarthen's early mentors include Margo Hartley, Rosemarie Harris, Linda Klassen, Rachael Poirier, and Yaming Li. Her professional career began with Mia Michaels RAW and Wes Veldink in New York and POZ Dance Theatre in Seoul. She spent two years of professional development centred in Antwerp with her partner, David Raymond, before returning to co-create Out Innerspace Dance Theatre and its associated post-secondary dance program Modus Operandi. Additionally, Tiffany created a work for Les Grands Ballets Canadiens through their National Young Choreographer Competition, has danced with The Turning Point Ensemble, Radix Theatre, The Beijing Modern Dance Company, The Vancouver Opera, The 605 Collective, Wen Wei Dance, and Justine Chambers, among others, and joined Kidd Pivot in 2013.
- Jonathon YoungCo-creator/Writer/Performer×Jonathon YoungCo-creator/Writer/Performer
Canadian actor/writer Jonathon Young has collaborated on the making of over 20 original productions with Electric Company Theatre including: Tear the Curtain! (a film/theatre hybrid for Arts Club Theatre and Canadian Stage), No Exit (a re-working of Jean-Paul Sartre’s play performed in San Francisco at the American Conservatory Theatre), and Studies in Motion (Vancouver Playhouse, Edmonton Citadel, Theatre Calgary, Canadian Stage). In addition, Jonathon has worked across Canada as a freelance actor. Some recent projects include: All But Gone (Necessary Angel, Toronto) The Waiting Room (Arts Club Theatre, Vancouver), The Great Gatsby (Theatre Calgary), Hamlet (Bard on the Beach Festival, Vancouver). Jonathon has collaborated with Crystal Pite on two projects for Nederlands Dance theatre: Parade and The Statement, which was performed at New York City Centre in November 2016. Jonathon is a recipient of the UK National Dance Award and several Jessie Richardson Awards for acting and writing.
- Crystal PiteChoreographer×Crystal PiteChoreographer
Canadian choreographer and performer Crystal Pite is a former company member of Ballet British Columbia and William Forsythe's Ballett Frankfurt. Pite’s professional choreographic debut was in 1990, at Ballet British Columbia. Since then, she has created over 50 works for companies such as The Paris Opera Ballet, The Royal Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater I, Cullberg Ballet, Ballett Frankfurt, The National Ballet of Canada, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal (Resident Choreographer, 2001-2004), Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, and Ballet British Columbia. She has also collaborated with Electric Company Theatre and Robert Lepage. Crystal is an Associate Choreographer of Nederlands Dans Theater, Associate Dance Artist of Canada's National Arts Centre, and Associate Artist at Sadler's Wells, London. In 2002, she formed her own company Kidd Pivot in Vancouver. Kidd Pivot tours nationally and internationally, performing works such as Dark Matters and Lost Action. Kidd Pivot's residency at the Künstlerhaus Mousonturm in Frankfurt (2010-2012) provided Pite the opportunity to create and tour The You Show and The Tempest Replica.
- Owen BeltonComposition & Sound Design×Owen BeltonComposition & Sound Design
Owen Belton, who is based in Vancouver, graduated from Simon Fraser University in 1993 with a degree in Fine and Performing Arts (concentration, Music), and studied acoustic and computer music composition with Owen Underhill and Barry Truax. He has been writing music for dance since 1994 when he created the music for Shapes Of A Passing, for choreographer Crystal Pite's piece for Toronto-based Ballet Jorgen. Since then, he has created many scores for dance companies including Kidd Pivot, The National Ballet of Canada, Nederlands Dans Theatre, Cullberg Ballet in Stockholm, Ballet Nuremberg, Oregon Ballet Theatre and 420 People in Prague. Since 2008, Owen has also been creating sound design and composing for theatre, working mainly for theatre companies in Vancouver. Additionally, he has also scored several short films.
- Alessandro Juliani and Meg RoeComposition & Sound Design×Alessandro Juliani and Meg RoeComposition & Sound Design
Alessandro Juliani and Meg Roe are Canadian theatre artists based in Vancouver. Their work has been seen and heard across Canada and internationally in conjunction with: The Shaw Festival, Canadian Stage, Factory Theatre, Centaur Theatre, Bard on the Beach, Ruby Slippers Theatre, Electric Company Theatre, Blackbird Theatre, Arts Club, The Vancouver Playhouse, Pi Theatre, Rumble Theatre, The National Arts Centre, Theatre Calgary, Alberta Theatre Projects, Theatre Junction, Citadel Theatre, Belfry, Intrepid Theatre, Theatre SKAM, Theatre Aquarius, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Western Canada Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare Festival, American Conservatory Theatre (San Francisco), Center Theater Group (LA), and the Britten/Pears Festival (UK). They are thrilled to be working with Kidd Pivot.
- Jay Gower TaylorSet Design×Jay Gower TaylorSet Design
Jay Gower Taylor started out in theatre as a professional dancer where he enjoyed an international career spanning more than 20 years. Parallel to his dance career, Jay developed his skills as a designer. Some of his first opportunities designing for theatre were with Serge Bennathan collaborating on Absences, The Invisible Life of Joseph Finch, Conversations and Elles. More recently, Jay designed The Virtual Stage and Electric Company Theatre’s live-cinematic interpretation of Jean-Paul Sartre’s NO EXIT. In the works of Crystal Pite, Jay has designed Plot Point, Solo Echo, Parade, Frontier and In the Event for Nederlands Dans Theater; Emergence for the National Ballet of Canada; Dark Matters and The Tempest Replica for Kidd Pivot.
- Nancy BryantCostume Design×Nancy BryantCostume Design
Nancy Bryant lives in Vancouver, B.C. and designs costumes for dance, theatre, opera and film. Works with Crystal Pite include Seasons’ Canon (Paris Opera), Parade and Plot Point (Nederlands Dance Theater) and The Tempest Replica (Kidd Pivot). Costume designs for theatre include Helen Lawrence (Stan Douglas Inc.), The Overcoat (Canadian Stage) and Tear the Curtain (Arts Club/Electric Company Theatre). Designs for opera include Das Rheingold, The Flying Dutchman, Rodelinda (The Pacific Opera), and Sweeney Todd (Vancouver Opera). Nancy has received a Leo (film) Award for Legend of Earthsea, multiple Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards, and the 2014 Mayor’s Arts Award for Vancouver Theatre.
- Tom VisserLighting Design×Tom VisserLighting Design
Tom Visser grew up in the countryside of west Ireland. At the age of 18, he started working in music theatre through his theatrical family. After six years, he started working in dance through the Nederlands Dans Theater. Since 2005, he has created original designs for choreographers: Crystal Pite, Alexander Ekman, Johan Inger, Stijn Celis, Lukas Timulak, Sharon Eyal, and Joeri Dubbe, just to name a few. Recently, Tom has been creating his own projects through art installations and interactive media.
- Eric BeauchesneRehearsal Direction×Eric BeauchesneRehearsal Direction
Born in Québec, Eric grew up fishing and hunting before discovering dance at the age of 16. Graduate from École supérieure de danse du Québec, he has been on stage with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe and Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, as well as with Canadian contemporary dance icons such as La Fondation Jean-Pierre Perrault, Paul-André Fortier, Louise Lecavalier and Crystal Pite. Company member since 2004, Eric currently collaborates with Kidd Pivot as rehearsal director, and stages Pite’s work on companies worldwide including Cullberg Ballet, Ballet British Columbia, National Ballet of Canada, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and, most recently, Ballet Zürich. Eric has served as guest teacher and faculty for several organizations such as École de danse contemporaine de Montréal, Arts Umbrella Vancouver, Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation and Dutch National Ballet Academy among others, as well as rehearsal director for Nederlands Dans Theater. He currently resides in Holland, and devotes most of his spare time advocating for climate action justice and sustainable practices in the dance world.
- Jeremy Collie-HolmesProduction Manager×Jeremy Collie-HolmesProduction Manager
Jeremy hails from Wellington, New Zealand, where he graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Film and a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration in Management. Since then, he has combined his love of travel with his career. He has worked as a Production Manager, Technical Director, Lighting Director and Site Manager for festivals, venues and companies in New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom and Europe, on cruise ships and now in Canada. In addition to his role at Kidd Pivot, he has recently worked as Production Manager with Vancouver-based companies Out InnerSpace Dance Theatre and Tara Cheyenne Performance. Other recent projects and companies he has been involved with include the Auckland International Arts Festival, New Zealand (Venue Manager), Push International Arts Festival, (Venue Technical Director). Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Aeriosa Dance Society, Squamish Valley Music Festival, Holy Body Tattoo, Green Thumb Theatre and Wen Wei Dance.
- Eric ChadAudio Technician/Show Control×Eric ChadAudio Technician/Show Control
Eric is a projection designer and show control/integration specialist based in Vancouver, B.C. Eric’s interests lie in interactive projection design, generative design, and live tracking. Eric’s recent design credits include works with Shay Kubler RSA (Feasting on Famine, Telemetry), Chuthis. Group ( -in3s- , Smile Masking, Face Her), Out Innerspace Dance Theatre (Major Motion Picture), Joe Ink (4our), Moose and Moa Theatre Company (The Art of Being Alone). Eric received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of British Columbia.
- Philomena SondergaardStage Manager×Philomena SondergaardStage Manager
Philomena Sondergaard is a graduate of Queen’s University, Kingston with a B.A. in Drama/English and a B.Ed. Artist in the Community who now lives in Vancouver, and stage manages for dance, theatre, and live events. Notable credits include Feasting on Famine (Shay Kuebler Radical System Arts); Solo|Soul (Karen Jamieson Dance); VAST, The Art of Stealing, Workspace, Status Quo (The Response Dance Society); The Little Mermaid, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Adaams Family, Shrek (Align Entertainment); Jesus Christ Superstar and Cabaret (URP); Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Gay Games 9 Opening Ceremonies, and the Canada Summer Games (Patrick Roberge Productions).
- Brent BelsherFundraising Associate and Company Manager on Tour×Brent BelsherFundraising Associate and Company Manager on Tour
Brent has been the company manager on the road with Kidd Pivot for 10 years. In addition to that role, for the past three years he has also been fundraising for the company. He initiated a Friends of Kidd Pivot group who have made an important contribution to the financial viability of the company. In addition to his work with Kidd Pivot, Brent is an agent working with many other dance companies. In 2012 he formed Belsher Arts Management and works with artists and companies based in Canada, the US, Europe and Israel. Prior to his work in the arts, Brent worked for a travel company taking people all over the world. And prior to that, he lived in Japan for five years. He has a continuous love for travel combined with his love of the art form and the artists he works with.