The award-winning Betroffenheit is a staggering work of dance theatre, created by
Jonathon Young and Crystal Pite
Filmed at Sadler's Wells in April 2017 during its sold-out return after winning the 2017 Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production. This success follows on from Betroffenheit being Dance Critics' top pick of 2016 and Jonathon Young being awarded Outstanding Performance in Modern Dance at the Critics' Circle National Dance Awards for his moving central performance.
Betroffenheit - meaning shock, bewilderment and dismay - is a profound exploration of the effects of grief and addiction upon the human mind. Jonathon Young uses his own words to convey his experiences in the aftermath of the tragedy which claimed the lives of his teenage daughter, niece and nephew. This is combined with emotionally charged choreography by Crystal Pite including elements of a range of dance styles from tap to salsa to contemporary. Five astonishing performers create the mindscape of Young's tormented central character as he moves from despair towards the hope of recovery. Powerfully staged, the result is a genre-defying piece of dance theatre that critics have called "raw and riveting" (The Guardian).
TV broadcast on May 7 2017 on BBC4
“raw, funny and profoundly, tenderly human."
"addresses the experience of human suffering with raw and heroic brilliance."
"Inspiring dance-theatre hybrid. A savage beauty"
“an astonishingly ambitious, brilliantly realised, tender-hearted meditation on the nature of bereavement, grief, and the coping strategies of the mind."