A gripping and visually arresting journey through the maze of trauma, addiction, and recovery, Betroffenheit exemplifies what can happen when theatre and dance combine to achieve what neither could accomplish alone. Choreographer Crystal Pite and Electric Company Theatre’s Jonathon Young—two of Canada’s most innovative artists—have combined talents to create a searing work that recalls the shock and bewilderment of sudden disaster. Based on true events, this dance/theater hybrid integrates original music, text, and movement with puppetry and rich visual design to probe the depths of despair and the uphill battle to reclaim a life violently derailed.
*Audience advisory: Due to adult themes, this show is recommended for ages 16 and up
Presented in partnership with the University of Minnesota's Center for Spirituality & Healing, University Relations, and the University of Minnesota Department of Theater Arts and Dance, with additional support from the Consulate General of Canada in Minneapolis.
Immediately following each performance, Northrop will host a panel discussion with some of the artists and experts from around the U of M who are tackling the issues raised by the production.
March 21: The University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Healing will host a special post-performance discussion moderated by Kate Moos, Director of News Content Development, American Public Media. The conversation will focus on resiliency and wellbeing in the face of addiction and trauma with panelists Amy Krentzman, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work; Ann Becher Ingwalson, Lecturer, College of Continuing Education Addictions Counseling and Integrated Behavioral Health programs; and Alex Haley, Assistant Professor, Center for Spirituality & Healing Mindfulness Programs, along with members the production’s creative team.
March 22: March 22: A special post-performance discussion will be moderated by Andy Steiner, mental health and addiction columnist for MinnPost. The conversation will focus on the U of M’s work to end addiction. Panelists include Kelvin Lim, U of M Department of Psychiatry, and Mark Thomas, U of M Department of Neuroscience and interim director of the University of Minnesota’s Minnesota Center of Addiction, along with members the production’s creative team. Learn more about Kelvin's work to predict relapse and Mark's work to prevent relapse.
"A stunning testament to what can happen when life turns into art." -The Globe and Mail