Crystal Pite: Betroffenheit

The kind of spectacle we rarely see on the theatre or opera stage is offered up here by the innovative Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young. In German, ‘Betroffenheit’ denotes a state of shock and disbelief. This unusual ballet was inspired by terrible events in the life of choreographer Young, who lost his daughter, niece, and nephew in a terrible fire during a family vacation. A mix of tap, salsa, spoken-word, song, and puppet show, this stirring artistic statement is guaranteed to stir the emotions with its poignant depiction of personal hardship and of the struggle to come to terms with tragedy, beautifully realized by Kidd Pivot and the Electric Company Theatre on the stage of London's Sadler's Wells Theatre.


  • Kidd Pivot (Ballet Company)
  • Crystal Pite (Choreography)

Recording: January 1 2017 - Sadler's Wells Theatre | London
Director: Jeff Tudor
Duration: 01:46

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