Our Dancers

Our current company of dancers have been with us for varying lengths of time and originate from all corners of the globe. Many were involved in the creation of Scattered and Broken and now enjoy touring our theatre and festival pieces throughout the world. They are all astonishing performers but also inspirational teachers, and they deliver our many participatory projects.

 
 
Martina Bussi performs Broken. Photography by Chris Nash Motionhouse dancer - Martina Bussi

Martina Bussi

Originally from Torino (Italy), Martina began dancing at early age, studying ballet and modern at Centro Danza Arkè under the direction of Matilde De Marchi and Annagrazia D'Antico.

She moved to London in 2006, where she trained at London Contemporary Dance School and graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance in 2008. In 2010 she also gained an MA   in Performance.

She has performed with various companies including Henri Oguike Dance Company, TomDale Company and Tavaziva Dance touring nationally and internationally, as well as developing her own work.

Martina graduated with a BSc in Sport Science from the University of Torino (Italy) and she is very much interested in the connection between sport and dance.

 
Daniel Connor performs for Motionhouse. Photography by Chris NashMotionhouse dancer - Giorgio de Carolis

Daniel Connor

Daniel is from Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. He started dancing aged 14 and joined Cheshire Youth Dance Company and appeared in Youth Dance England performances at Birmingham Hippodrome and The Lowry. Daniel went to Middlesex University before transferring to The Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD) to undertake his professional training. Daniel graduated from NSCD in 2010 and was awarded their Annual Performance Prize. He then went on to become a member of Verve11, the Post Graduate performance company of NSCD for a European tour. Whilst there, Daniel worked with a variety of choreographers, including Ben Wright, Debbie Johnson, Charles Linnehan, Thoman Nonne and Peter Mika. He graduated with distinction in 2011.

In September of the same year Daniel joined EarthFall Dance to tour with the comany's award winning show At Swim Two Boys. Following this in May 2012 he joined Simon Birch Dance Company for the creation and tour of Terranium-Dance in a Bubble. He also performed Willis Dorner's Bodies in Urban Space as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

Daniel was thrilled to join Motionhouse in their 25th Anniversary year for Scattered's first American tour in 2013 and the creation of two new shows.

 

 

 
Junior performs in Motionhouse’s Underground. Photography by BellxoneMotionhouse dancer - Junior Cunningham

Junior Cunningham

Junior was encouraged to study Contemporary Dance by his sister, Chantele Harvey, when he was 17 years old. His early teachers in the Midlands were Marion Thraves and Bernard Pierre-Louis.

He joined the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (Leeds) in 1999 and graduated in 2002 with a BPA (Hons) Degree in Contemporary Dance. During this time he performed on tour with NSCD and at the Gross Brittanien Festival in Dortmund, Germany. He also worked commercially in Switzerland and Paris.

Autumn 2002 saw Junior apprentice with Motionhouse. He joined the company full-time in January 2003 and has since been involved as a performer in Volatile, Perfect, Driven, Scattered, Underground, Cascade, Waiting Game, Traction, The Voyage, Captive and Broken and also as a teacher in every project the company has done since. Junior is the Rehearsal Director for the current company.

 
Motionhouse rehearse Broken. Photography by Lara Coffey

Naomi TadEvossian

 

Originally from Hampshire, Naomi learned a variety of dance disciplines at Southsea School of Dance. She continued her training at London Contemporary Dance School completing with a First Class BA Hons Dance Degree in 2011, followed by an MA distinction in 2013. She joined National Dance Company Wales as an apprentice for one year and later Guest Dancer for two seasons. During this time she worked with Christopher Bruce, Itzik Galili and Ohad Naharin and performed repertoire by Steven Petronio, Angelin Preljocaj and Gustavo Ramirez Sansano.

She performed Cunningham repertoire; ‘The Bride and The Bachelors’ at The Barbican Art Gallery, re-staged by Jeannie Steele and worked with Wales National Opera as a Female Principle soloist in ‘The Cunning Little Vixen’. During the summer of 2014 she played one of the Female Greek Chorus women in the first production of London’s National Theatre’s ‘Medea’. She became a member of James Wilton Dance Company for two years performing in The Rugby League World Cup Opening Ceremony and toured ‘Last Man Standing’ nationally and internationally during 2013-2015.

 

 

 
Alasdair Stewart performs in Motionhouse’s Cascade. Photography by Roger BarnesMotionhouse dancer - Alasdair Stewart

Alasdair Stewart

Alasdair trained as a gymnast and competed in national championships from the age of 9. He began his dance training at Barton Peveril College and then joined Hampshire Youth Dance Company and worked as an apprentice with Full Force Dance Company, under the direction of Helen Parlor.

He began advanced pre-vocational training at The Place's Centre for Advanced Training and went on to graduate with First Class BA (Hons) from London Contemporary Dance School. During his training at LCDS he undertook a 4-month exchange programme to California Institute of the Arts where he specialised in dance theatre.

Since graduating Alasdair has performed with Hofesh Shechter Company and Dance United through postgraduate study with the LCDS apprenticeship programme and graduated with an MA in Contemporary Dance Performance from the London Contemporary Dance School in 2010.

He was thrilled to join Motionhouse for Scattered back in 2009. In his free time (which there isn't much of!) Alasdair enjoys snowboarding, watching films and dinner parties.

 
Rebecca Williams performs in The Voyage. Photography by Paul MachacekMotionhouse dancer - Rebecca WilliamsRebecca Williams

Rebecca Williams completed her vocational training at the Northern School

of Contemporary Dance in 2010 qualifying with a BPA (Hons) degree.

Since graduating Rebecca began her performance career in 2011 with

Harnisch Lacey Dance Theatre, creating and touring their double bill show,

‘Spin.’ During this time she had the opportunity to make choreography for

Hedfan Youth Company.

Rebecca then went on to work for Watkins Dance, Wayne Sables Project, Company Decalage and Joon Dance.

Rebecca also organizes international break dance events and has her own professional dance company, Dirty Feet. Dirty Feet DC premiered it’s piece ‘Out of Nowhere’ as part of Resolutions! 2012 with a sellout show.

Rebecca also has experience in commercial work and teaching.

 
Luka Owen in Captive. Photography by Katja Ogrin.

LUKA OWEN

 

Luka was trained in all styles of dance from a very early age at Three Spires Dance School, Coventry.  At 16, after competing competitively as a gymnast and moving to aerial training, Luka won the title of 'Britains Most Talented Circus Performer'. After graduating from The Laban School of Contemporary Dance with a BA Hons, Luka went straight into working with C-12 Dance Theatre, performing in Bolero Remix by Jeanefer Jean- Charles. Luka also performed in productions Enough and The Chair and as part of C-12'S UK tour. 

Luka soon returned to aerial work, and trained for a year to perform as an aerialist in Godiva Awakes, a Cultural Olympiad project created by Imagineer productions. This was swiftly followed by an apprenticeship with Motionhouse on the 2012 production The Voyage.

Luka is also passionate about teaching and leads classes for children and adults as part of Godiva Trapeze. She also works teaching Motionhouse Youth alongside fellow Motionhouse dancer, Claire Benson.

Luka joined Motionhouse in their 25th year to tour new show, Captive and continues to work with the company as well as leading classes and teaching.

 

 

Chris Knight - Dancer.

Scattered. Photography by Macau.

Chris Knight

Chris began his career performing and teaching with 2Faced Dance Company before completing his professional training as a dancer at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance and the London Contemporary Dance School, where he graduated in 2012 with a BA (Hons).

He has since performed for Companies and Choreographers such as: Balletto Civile, Matthias Kass, Maura Morales, Shumpei Nemoto, Christopher Marney, Sweetshop Revolution, David Zambrano, Dane Hurst and 2Faced Dance Company.

Chris was excited to join Motionhouse for their second tour of the USA in 2014 and

has enjoyed working with the dancers on various Scattered dates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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