Somewhere; close is a dance road movie that takes us to places that seem to be close by and familiar but might exist on the edge of reality. It’s inspired by the short stories of Dutch writer Maartje WORTEL and the works of Australian illustrator and visual artist Shaun TAN. Somewhere; close focuses on the search for a place where one belongs. The characters are strangers for each other, longing for contact, intimacy and recognition. They try to establish a relationship with each other and the place where they are staying, but a hidden feeling of alienation never vanishes. It is a compelling performance that examines social codes, where everyday movement evolves into poetic dance material and acrobatics test the boundary with dance.
Pia MEUTHEN followed her dance education at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Amsterdam and Fontys Dance Academy in the Netherlands. She is an active freelance choreographer since 1998. Her productions have been commissioned by various production companies and dance groups in the Netherlands. In 2002 she founded her own company--Panama Pictures. Since 2005 she is a guest teacher at the Fontys Dance Academy. Pia MEUTHEN’s performances were selected for international dance networks such as Aerowaves and Modul Dance. One of the performances was nominated for the VSCD dance prize for the best production in the Netherlands. She was selected by several international talent programs for young choreographers. With her company Panama Pictures, Pia MEUTHEN is a resident choreographer at Theatre Verkadefabriek in the Netherlands.
Dance, text, acrobatics, music and decor; everything merges in the performances of Panama Pictures. With her theatrical dance pieces, often inspired by literature, choreographer Pia MEUTHEN creates stories that rise beyond the merely narrative. She unravels the thoughts and crawls into the heads of the characters until an exposed picture of them and their innermost emotions are revealed. The personal input and the individual character of the dancers is of great importance in the creation of her work.
“In her performances, MEUTHEN knows each time how to create a completely new world. Somewhere; close evokes the feeling of balancing on the border of fiction and reality…It gives her a whole new range of movement possibilities in the air. This is what challenges her and she does it well. ”