Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street


Speaking of Dance February 2016

February 23, 2016


Free. Seating for this event is limited and will be available on a first-come-first served basis. No RSVP required. 


When: February 23, 2016. 7:00-8:00 pm. Doors open at 6:45 pm. 

Where: Djavad Mowafaghain Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.

Additional Info: Co-presented by SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs and Dancehouse

Janet Smith in conversation with Crystal Pite & Jonathon Young

Speaking of Dance is an illustrated series of talks developed to enrich and deepen your experience of upcoming DanceHouse presentations. These public lectures are a springboard for developing a deeper understanding of the world of dance and contextualizing the form in the world of art and culture. Presented by noted writers and creative thinkers, this lecture series will help give you the information, language and confidence you need to speak about dance.

Choreographer Crystal Pite (Artistic Director, Kidd Pivot) and writer and performer Jonathon Young(Artistic Director, Electric Company Theatre) will discuss their new work Betroffenheit with The Georgia Straight's Arts Editor, Janet Smith.


Janet Smith has been covering the arts scene in Vancouver for the past 25 years, covering everything from alleyway operas to tutu ballets. As well as serving as the arts editor for the Georgia Straight, she writes reviews and profiles about the city’s dance scene.


Canadian choreographer and performer Crystal Pite is a former company member of Ballet BC and William Forsythe's Ballett Frankfurt.

Pite’s professional choreographic debut was in 1990, at Ballet BC. Since then, she has created over 40 works for companies such as Nederlands Dans Theater I, Cullberg Ballet, Ballett Frankfurt, The National Ballet of Canada, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Ballet BC, and Louise Lecavalier/Fou Glorieux. Pite is an Associate Choreographer of Nederlands Dans Theater, Associate Dance Artist of Canada's National Arts Centre, and Associate Artist at Sadler's Wells, London.

In 2002, she formed Kidd Pivot in Vancouver, which tours nationally and internationally, performing works such as Dark Matters and Lost Action. Kidd Pivot's residency at the Künstlerhaus Mousonturm in Frankfurt (2010-2012) provided Pite the opportunity to create and tour The You Show and The Tempest Replica. Most recently the company has premiered Betroffenheit, a co-creation with playwright and actor Jonathon Young of Electric Company Theatre.

Crystal Pite Photo Credit: Michael Slobodian


Jonathon Young is a three-time Jessie Richardson Award-winning actor as well as a writer, designer and Artistic Director of Electric Company Theatre. Jonathon is a sought-after actor locally and across Canada, having performed with The National Arts Centre, Vancouver Playhouse, The Citadel, The Belfry Theatre, Touchstone, Neworldtheatre, Ruby Slippers, Bard on the Beach and in most Electric Company Productions. Jonathon’s play Palace Grand was commissioned by Vancouver’s PuSh International Performing Arts Festival for production in 2008. He has extensive film and television acting credits, including work on Da Vinci’s Inquest, Taken, Stargate Atlantis, and recurring roles on Sanctuary and the acclaimed miniseries Terminal City. Recent film work includes roles in; Nightwatching (written and directed by Peter Greenaway) The Assasination of Jesse James, The Englishman’s Boy, The Fog, and Electric Company’s feature film: The Score. He lives and works with actor/director Kim Collier. He is a graduate of Studio 58.

Photo credit for all images of Betroffenheit: ©Michael Slobodian

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Free. Seating for this event is limited and will be available on a first-come-first served basis.


When: February 23, 2016. 7:00-8:00 pm. Doors at 6:45. No intermission. 

Where: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.

Additional Info: Co-presented by SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs and Dancehouse

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