As Motionhouse's Artistic Director Kevin has created, either alone or in collaboration with Louise, each of our major touring productions. This includes all of Motionhouse's theatre productions as well as a series of shorter festival pieces and our large scale outdoor spectacles.
Kevin is passionate about exploring and exploding the traditional use of space in performance and has a history of creating extraordinary dance spectacles including the acclaimed Machine Dance for JCB diggers and dancers. In 2012 he was Choreographer and Movement Director for the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. That same year, he created The Voyage for the London 2012 Festival – an enormous outdoor performance event performed on a life size ship in the centre of Birmingham and made in collaboration with Legs On The Wall from Australia. Kevin has created bespoke performance events to celebrate cultural capital celebrations in Copenhagen and Marseille-Provence and has also been commissioned to make work for numerous other companies in the UK and further afield.
Committed to collaboration, Kevin has worked with artists from many disciplines including writer A.L.Kennedy, installation artist Rosa Sanchez, film-makers Logela Multimedia, set visionary Simon Dormon and international companies such as Legs On The Wall and Vancouver’s Headlines Theatre.
Kevin has an MA in Contemporary Performing Arts from University College Bretton Hall and a PhD in Theatre from Warwick University. He is also a visiting Fellow at the University of Warwick and Associate Artist of Greenwich+Docklands International Festival.
Louise is producer of the Motionhouse programme, strategically leading the company in realising the vision she develops with Kevin. Louise is instrumental in developing the many partnerships Motionhouse enjoys across the industry. She is skilled at spotting opportunities for the company and persuasive in her pitches for funding, commissioning, project development and collaboration. Originally a dancer and choreographer she has undertaken numerous commissions for other companies and maintains close links with the performing company and creative process. She continues to teach the company's devised style, offering inspirational training to dancers, students, teachers and practitioners both in the UK and throughout the world.
Louise is regularly invited to attend and speak at seminars and conferences. Committed to the development of the sector, she also acts as a mentor for young performers and smaller organisations, as well as developing a range of apprenticeships and professional development strands to the Motionhouse programme. She is currently on the management group for Mimbre and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.