"A heroic cast of six slaloms through a series of scenes, starting with The Big Bang, delving down towards the Earth’s core. There’s a definite circus-style slant to the gut busting choreography devised by Finnan and his ensemble…a remarkably strong, acrobatic sextet endowed with an admirable go for broke stamina. The beauty lies in how well Finnan and his collaborators impart an elemental understanding of humanity's place within the cosmos… determined to mine the greater forces of nature [the show has] a sleek, swift, wow factor."
“This is not really a review but instead an immense exclamation of this hugely profound and extraordinary work that I was
so unexpectedly moved by...
The aesthetic is incredible and the journey covers so much ground. All this motion is complimented marvellously by a digital
film, which visualises the entire setting of the piece whilst moving in tandem with the dancers. Its vision and imagery, both from
dance and film alike, took us through a world unimaginable but so, so real. I learnt more about the earth through this medium
than I ever would watching an Attenborough documentary. I was taken back and profoundly moved. This was art as I have
never experienced it before."
"It has been four years since Scattered, Motionhouse's last in-theatre work... Broken was worth waiting for. About more than just technological trickery, [Broken] is also packed to bursting with impressive dance. Broken is certainly a spectacle. It's dance of constantly shifting perspectives [that] keeps Motionhouse and Logela ahead of the curve."
"This great, surging dance spectacle from Motionhouse makes you feel as if you have been present at the creation and destruction of the world. It's cataclysmic. High impact doesn't even begin to describe its mix of athletic movement, thunderous soundtrack, searing music and a digital film background so cleve and deceiving that it absorbs the dancers into its imagery."
"As one would expect from a company with a world-wide reputation such as Motionhouse, the dancers are impecable, though they are more than dancers-they are as much actors as they are athletes and their skill and energy is a wonder to behold."
"Broken is a 68 minute invasion on the senses. From the first act of the production to the last the audience is treated to an unrelenting visual and aural assault that does not relent its grip until the final curtain. The show was a triumph and will undoubtably thrill audiences."
"Shock and awe: eliciting gasps as the dancers bodysurf across the face of the wave or launch themselves from its vertiginous peak"
"Super athletic dancers, as dexterous in the air and with ropes as they are on the floor, this is a company that has long cornered the high impact end of the market"
"The performance is practically jet-propelled - the quicksilver cast almost never stops moving. Dazzling"
"The 70 minutes simply flew past, and I could have sat through it again immediately. With Scattered, Finnan and his talented dancers have taken the company to a new level"
"Moments when live movements synchronise with on-screen imagery - a dancer kicks the back wall, water droplets spray up - are a cunning delight, as is the sound score that shifts musical textures and tempi in keeping with climate changes that take water from frozen floes to steamy heat"
"One of the best contemporary dance companies around have created a mesmerising combination of physical dance and film that thrills the senses and tricks the eye"
"It is not often that words fail me but this is an occasion where I have come close. Watching Scattered, the new production from dance company Motionhouse, was an incredible experience and one that had me rapt from the start"
"The choreography is lean, incisive, appropriate to what we are seeing on film, and the work speeds past in a continuous stream of events, highly physical, often near-dangerous. It is fascinating to watch"
"A fascinating experience... an assault on the senses, amazing"
"The dancing evolves subtly which sums up this brilliant production... Scattered demonstrates the ways in which widely different techniques can be combined to give a terrific evening at the theatre"
"In general, I seek entertainment among arts which have words – books, plays, films, music with lyrics – but this offering, from contemporary dance company Motionhouse, tempted because it promised 'a unique interaction between film and live performance'. In fact, the show, which lasted not much longer than 1 hour, delivered far more"
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"Broken was insane. I had shivers throughout; what a beautiful piece."
"One of the most creative and inspirational pieces of art I have seen in a long long time. My pupils were blown away, with one proclaiming she had a tear in her eye at the end.
Thank you for inspiring a generation.
I have seen a lot of dance in the theatre and I can honestly say, this was one of my favourites; the visual effects, the talent and stregth of all the dancers and the creative choreography from a brilliant mind allowed for an unbelievable production. Thank You.
"Thank you so much. I took a group of my autistic pupils to see your amazing production Broken. They are very hard to impress and find it incredibly hard to stay focussed and concentrate. Last night they left the theatre totally in awe and they haven't stopped talking about what they have seen all day. A truly inspirational performance."
"Utterly lost for words. Mind Blowing. Every aspect spectacular.. how could they top Scattered? Well..they just did."
"My career has spanned 25 years working in the New Zealand creative industry, and I've been fortunate enough to collect 5 Oscars for our team at Weta Workshop for our work on The Lord of the Rings and King Kong and I've also had the great pleasure of participating in Avatar, District 9 and The Chronicles of Narnia (to name a few).
As you can imagine I have come into contact with some widely creative and imaginative people in the entertainment arena. Motionhouse's work is some of the most startling and original performance based contemporary dance I have had the pleasure of witnessing. Kevin Finnan kindly introduced me to the work of this team from the UK and the original dynamic performance and sheer talent of the performers leaves the viewer utterly amazed. The incredible physical achievements and beautiful dance by this group is just captivating"
"Absolutely amazing. Spectacular. Heart stopping!"
"1 week later I am still thinking about it. Visually exhilarating, thought-provoking, magnificent and inspiring!!"
"Captivating, enthralling, entertaining, dreamscape"
"I saw the performance at Southbank last night and absolutely loved it – the best dance I have seen by some margin – I definitely want to keep an eye out for when you're next around"
"A technical tour de force – a thrilling, energetic, highly physical piece of dance theatre delivered with quiet strength, skill and flair by an appealing group of performers"
"Utterly unexpected, stunning and literally had me on the edge of my seat for the whole 70 minutes! Thank you for this beautiful piece, I want to see it again!"
"I knew it would be great, but it was breathtaking, emotive with fantastic energy, and I'd come again tomorrow and bring friends if I could!"
"Absolutely blew me away. I was entranced throughout the whole performance with the beautiful lyrical rhythm of the show"
"I saw this production at The Torch Theatre and thought it was excellent, so I arranged a trip to see it again with movement students I teach at Penib College. Energised, exciting and professional"
Outdoor Productions Reviews & Testimonials
"The glamourous side of travel by sea got a look in from Motionhouse dancers who performed graceful duets under the stars... The company's more usual style came to the force as a storm hit. The mood changed dramatically as dancers hung, swung and twisted from the ship's rails... There was a real sense of pride, that one feels rarely at a performance. Everyone deserved a medal."
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Spectacle is a word that is often over used in theatre but for The Voyage there is no other word. This outside dance theatre performance uses every sense to tell a simple story of love and loss, companionship and adventure. The feeling of pride, patriotism and wonder was palpable tonight as the City of Birmingham broke into spontaneous applause throughout the 45 minute extravaganza. Everyone knew how special and unique this event was and will be eternally grateful that their city was chosen to host it."
"Greatest praise is reserved for all the performers, who were able to capture stories of love and loss, romance and disaster, as the ship encounters a storm. Their excitement was infectious, as the spritely passengers hung off the railings waving energetically to the crowd, throwing luggage to each other in a choreographed dance. Through fantastic dress, facial expressions, and flawless air acrobats the performers were engaging; enhanced by clever costume decisions so as certain characters would be distinguishable."
"...an absolute spectacle that I did not want to end. All in all, I give The Voyage 5/5"
"Cascade was the highlight of Surrey University's Dance and spectacle conference"
"With Cascade Motionhouse combine a serious subject with high quality artistic performance, leaving festival audiences both stunned and amazed by the tidal wave that has taken place in front of their eyes"
"I was so shocked to find myself feeling so emotional and connected to the narratives - as well as being astonished at the skill and strength of the dancers… The set was exciting and the drama so affecting - thought provoking and powerful… Thanks, thanks, thanks for the best performance experience I have had for years!"
"Motionhouse - yet again another fantastic piece performed at the Bristol Do. Such skilful dancers and beautiful choreography. Always relevant and inspirational!"
"Underground manages to be both complex and accessible as testified by the hundreds of people that gathered on the seafront to enjoy each of the performances. Motionhouse again demonstrate that contemporary dance can find a large new audience without compromising artistic integrity but with a huge dose of choreographic flair, acrobatic flourish, humour, empathy and real life relevance"