The Vancouver Playhouse, Vancouver – February 25, 2016.
Betroffenheit, a co-production of Kidd Pivot and the Electric Company Theatre, is an uncomfortably revealing and farcical portrayal of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and addiction. Choreographed and directed by Crystal Pite, Betroffenheit marks her first collaboration with a playwright and also shows her vivid integration of text and choreography. It is inspired by the actor, Jonathon Young’s own experience, but the performance is anything but a personal narrative. A mix of dance and theatre, the piece dives into Young’s tormented psyche, escapes to a tawdry variety show and finds a moment of solace. Together with Young, five talented dancers – Bryan Arias, David Raymond, Cindy Salgado, Jermaine Spivey and Tiffany Tregarthen – make up this unforgettable ensemble.