Tickets for added Betroffenheit performance on sale 10 a.m. Dec. 8!

Betroffenheit. Michael Slobodian photo.

Since its unveiling last year, the made-in-Vancouver dance piece Betroffenheit has met with universal acclaim.

Earlier this year, as part of its 2017/18, DanceHouse announced three more performances in March. All three have sold-out, and now the presenter has added a fourth show on March 14. Tickets for additional performance, at Vancouver Playhouse (600 Hamilton St.) go on sale tomorrow, Friday Dec. 8, at 10 a.m.

Betroffenheit is a collaboration between Crystal Pite, the artistic director of contemporary dance company Kidd Pivot, and Jonathan Young. Young is the co-artistic director of Electric Company Theatre. From the media release: “Betroffenheit immerses audiences into the world of shock and bewilderment that encompasses us in the wake of a disaster.”

Along with the Arts Club’s Onegin, now on at the Granville Island Stage, Betroffenheit (a German word describing a state of shock and bewilderment that encompasses one in the wake of a disaster) is easily the most acclaimed live production to come out of the city in 2016.

Since premiering last year, the show has picked up a number of awards. These include the Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production (2017), the Critic’s Choice Innovation Award at the Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards (2016), Outstanding Dance Production at the Dora Mavor Moore Awards (2016), and Outstanding Performance in Modern Dance: Jonathon Young – Critic’s Circle National Dance Awards (2016).

Michael Slobodian photo.

Critics have not been shy in their praise. “Betroffenheit is a stunning testament to what can happen when life turns into art,” wrote Martha Schabas in The Globe and Mail.

Judith Mackrell, writing in The Guardian, said “Pite’s special genius is in choreographing the body language of emotion in the distorted, lifting, folding shapes of her dancers’ bodies. In the sharply specific rhythms of trauma and comfort we can read whole narratives of suffering and recovery… The brilliance of this work lies in its refusal to offer any easy insights or promise of redemption.”

Michael Slobodian photo.

Tickets for Betroffenheit can be purchased at dancehouse.ca or by calling 604-801-6225.

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