In its second episode, a new CBC series called In the Making gives an in-depth look at Vancouver dance icon Crystal Pite, and her and Jonathon Young's hit work Betroffenheit.
Airing next Friday (September 28) at 8:30 p.m. on CBC TV, the trip into her rehearsals, her backstage, and East Van home offers new insights on the artist and her process.
Hosted by Sean O’Neill, the episode is an artful look at the days before she and theatre artist Jonathon Young get ready to put Betroffenheit into retirement after months and months of travelling it around the world. O'Neill even makes valentines with Pite and her young son.
Pite expresses the stress that comes with having to not only let a piece like Betroffenheit go, but to start the process of creating a new work. "The expectation and the pressure are growing," admits Pite, who has choreographed for companies like the Paris Opera Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater. "I can’t imagine ever making anything again. And yet somehow I do."
For fans of Betroffenheit, the show also offers new insights into the work itself, and the meaning of specific scenes in the critically praised piece about heart-ripping loss and PTSD. It also travels into rehearsals and backstage for some of its last performances in L.A.
She spoke to the Straight about the emotions she had around leaving Betroffenheit, before the show remounted here last March.
In the Making debuts this Friday night (September 21), following musician Lido Pimienta to Colombia for a new recording. It will feature eight artists in total in visual art, film, music, dance, and theatre over eight episodes. They are also streaming on the CBC TV app and cbc.ca/watch, where you can view all episodes now.
Other profiles coming up on the show are Dana Michel at the Venice Biennale; Adrian Stimson with AA Bronson on Siksika Nation in Alberta; Mohawk filmmaker and visual artist Shelley Niro in Germany; dance-rock maestro Curtis Talwst Santiago in Portugal and New York; multimedia artist Divya Mehra in Winnipeg and Delhi, India; and piano star Chilly Gonzales in Paris.
A CBC original series produced by White Pine Pictures, the show is created by O’Neill, Peter Raymont and Nancy Lang and produced by O’Neill and Michelle Mama.