The company’s distinctive style pushes movement to its limits, integrating elements of circus and acrobatics with contact choreography and breath-taking dance. Motionhouse prides itself on producing shows of outstanding quality that are exciting, accessible and enjoyable for all.
Founded in 1988, Motionhouse is based in Leamington Spa and tours to theatres and festivals at home and across the globe. The company’s ambitious experimentation with setting, action and context have become an integral part of its trademark style.
Motionhouse’s Artistic Director Kevin Finnan MBE was Choreographer and Movement Director for the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. His interest in exploring and questioning the traditional use of space in performance has led to the creation of extraordinary dance spectacles including the acclaimed Machine Dance for JCB diggers and dancers, site based performances at heritage sites, on beaches and in disused buildings, and a series of outdoor shows that tour festivals and other outdoor venues across the UK and Europe. In recent years, Finnan’s preoccupation with the human condition and our connection with the world in which we live, has led him to create a series of pieces which explore the place that humanity occupies within the natural world, with Scattered in 2009 and Broken in 2013. In January 2016 Broken toured for the fourth time – a testament to the show’s popularity and success. Scattered will tour the UK again in Autumn 2016.
A wide ranging education and participatory programme runs parallel to Motionhouse’s touring performance work. A respected and key player in the UK dance scene, Motionhouse is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.