In Newbodies two dancers alongside two actors portray the choreography of Pia Meuthen and the text of playwright/director Dirk Groeneveld in a story inspired by the novel The Body from Hanif Kureishi.
Newbodies is situated on a chic island in the Mediterranean Sea. An older, successful writer and his wife have relocated there, so that he can work undisturbed on his new novel. It is a novel about the desire to be young, vital, sexual, unrestrained. He invents a second chance: the purchase of a ‘Newbody’.
His wife, who has always supported and adored him, asks herself: Who am I in your theatre of illusion? Let me take part. This once.
The dance, that penetrates this story is volatile, charged and dangerous. What the writer thinks, says and writes is expressed in the score of the movement. The dance deliberates. The dance delves deeper. As the pulse of the passion and imagination. As desire striving to take form.
‘Text and dance interact with the utmost inventiveness. A passage about pleasure is accompanied by an intimate duet on the floor. At that moment the married couple are standing apart and suddenly the dance is more than their fantasy alone but also their memory.’ (De Volkskrant).
‘The dance images are precise qua idea, realization and performance… Beautiful how the dance conveys the erotic to a, for most of us, unreachable level of unrestrained abandonment’ (Brabants Dagblad).