We are immortal as long as we live.
In Vanishing Point, a cast of dancers and acrobats, ranging from their early thirties to their late sixties, unravels what it means to get older.
The past grows, the future shrinks. To what extent are you still the person you once were? There comes a time when you find yourself increasingly on the margins and the pulsating life seems to be elsewhere. The vulnerability of your body becomes tangible and everything slows down.
Vanishing Point is an intimate quest for transience. A poetic series of images with a great physical impact, about the desire to stop time. With as a dot on the horizon the Vanishing Point, where all our efforts converge. But where everything also disappears…
Vanishing Point takes place in a fragmented, architecturally designed space with round and straight walls, corners and passages that play with extreme perspectives and contrasts. A no man’s land where the performers disappear and appear, where they stagger, play with risks, defy fate. Where their bodies – climbing, hanging, balancing – falter and cannot be tamed.
Like no other company, Panama Pictures knows how to weave dance with acrobatics and live music into a compelling mix. The soundtrack to Vanishing Point is a new, exciting composition by house composers Strijbos & van Rijswijk and Davide Bellotta, starring a modular analogue synthesizer played live by Davide Bellotta and musician Budy Mokoginta; using its ‘old’, unpredictable technique, they bring new beats to life, combined with live guitar music and soundscapes.
Panama Pictures will bring an ‘extended version‘ of Vanishing Point in 2023 at Theaters Tilburg, Meervaart Theater, Parktheater Eindhoven, Stadsschouwburg Groningen, Deventer Schouwburg and Verkadefabriek.
The gentle hand with which the choreographer guides the characters is magical; whether they are acrobats, gymnasts or dancers, the harmonious grammar of the choreographer balances the qualities – acrobatic, musical and dance – in such a way that they melt away. ( ) There are no raw contrasts, but beautiful, vulnerable encounters. (Tansnetz.de)
With Vanishing Point, Panama Pictures creates a perfectly timed, soulful road movie for wandering souls. (Brabants Dagblad)
A soft masculine performance that makes transience tangible. (Volkskrant)
The set of Vanishing Point was designed by scenographer Sammy Van den Heuvel. Here you can read how he goes about it.
Vanishing Point is about getting older, about transience. The 68-year-old dancer Eddy Becquart plays an important role in Vanishing Point. In this interview, he explains why he is still dancing. And how cathartic but also frustrating it can sometimes be.