Each Time We Fall A City Rises
In Each Time We Fall, A City Rises, Panama Pictures showed a world about to be thrown off balance. Stumbling, falling and flying, the performers look for something to hold on to, if even for a moment. In several tableaux, the performance unraveled our desire to create a sense of security as a buffer against all things we are unable to control.
The rhythmic language of acclaimed poet Maria Barnas inspired choreographer Pia Meuthen’s new creation. In a striking setting – sloping surfaces combined with shelters high in the air – the performers succumb to a world that seems utterly unsettled. As they become unbalanced, new perspectives open up.
For Each Time We Fall, A City Rises composer Anthony Fiumara and duo Strijbos & Van Rijswijk entered into a special collaboration: they composed music as in a dialogue. Fiumara’s music which is related to minimal music encounters the electro-acoustic compositions of Strijbos & Van Rijswijk. The human voice, in all its facets and expressiveness, is central to the joint composition performed live by singer Els Mondelaers. Her vocals provided support, disruption, threat and comfort.
Choreography: Pia Meuthen
Dance/acrobatics: Francesco Barba, Nickolas van Corven, Aime Morales, Tarek Rammo, Jefta Tanate
Live singing: Els Mondelaers
Composition: Anthony Fiumara, Strijbos & Van Rijswijk
Scenography: Sammy van den Heuvel
Costumes: Sanne Reichert
Lighting design: Bart Verzellenberg
Dramaturgy: Angelique Willkie
Assistance & training: Miquel de Jong