Broken is back!

Broken by Katja Ogrin

Broken by Katja Ogrin


Greetings from Motionhouse HQ!

Where does the time go? It doesn’t seem like 5 minutes since we were preparing to premiere Broken, and here we are 18 months later in the midst of our third UK tour!

As with all our touring shows every time we perform, we create memories. There are the memories you take away from the show as our amazing audience, the memories created on stage as we take you on a journey underground, and then there are the memories made as we tour the show around the UK and Europe (for tour dates click here). We’ve already experienced some amazing moments so far this year and we wanted to share with you some of the very best… enjoy!

Broken by Chris Nash

Claire in the original Broken photoshoot by Chris Nash


1. Benson bounces back

Dancer Claire Benson is a well known Motionhouse face – she’s been with the company since 2008 and worked on the creation and performance of most of our current touring repertoire, including Scattered, Traction, Underground, Cascade and Captive. Whilst she worked extensively on the devising process of Broken, she didn’t actually get to perform in the production until January this year after returning to the company following her maternity leave in 2014.

2. Sell out!

It’s a real treat to take Broken back on the road for the third time. Following in the footsteps of the previous tours, we have been enjoying full houses and enthusiastic audiences at our venues across the UK. Two venues even booked us for the second time with the same show – having previously programmed Broken in 2014. We were particularly pleased to be asked back to mac birmingham, where once again we sold out for both dates. We also had a great time working with the talented young students from Birmingham Metropolitan College to create a pre-show performance at mac. We’ll also be revisiting the beautiful Jersey Opera House for the second time on June 9 with the show, so if you didn’t catch us the first time – now is your chance!

3. I’ve got a Golden Ticket…

We were delighted to be joined at mac birmingham by our special guests and Golden Ticket holders, Peter and Judith, who enjoyed a backstage tour and a performance of Broken on Wednesday night! They also got to see a section of the show in rehearsal from the wings – Broken is as action-packed behind the scenes as in front. We really do hope you enjoyed your birthday present Judith!

Golden Ticket holders Peter and Judith at mac

Golden Ticket holders Peter and Judith at mac

Golden Tickets are available for a minimum donation of £80. Your Golden Ticket gives you exclusive back stage access, signed programmes, a chance to meet the Artistic Director and dancers to discuss the making of the show, a guided tour of the lighting box, a Broken DVD, a Motionhouse hoodie and two tickets to see a performance of Broken at a venue of your choice.   Send us a message on Facebook by clicking here if you’d like to take up this fantastic opportunity.

2. Right on Times!

Broken has had some amazing reviews. You can read the full review here  of Donald Hutera writing for The Times at Wyvern Theatre.

A taste of The Times review of Broken

1.  An Audience with…

No show would be complete without our audiences and so far this year we’ve met some truly wonderful people at each venue. Thank you for your support!

That’s all from us for now, but if you have memories to share from any of the dates on the tour, do keep the conversation going over on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

If you haven’t had the chance to see the show yet, we still have a few dates before the tour ends: click here to find out where you can still see us.

Hope to see you at one of the shows!

Lara and the Motionhouse team

We’re recruiting!

Bristol Harbour festival Dance Village by Mark Simmons

Bristol Harbour festival Dance Village by Mark Simmons

Motionhouse is recruiting for a tech-savvy, highly organised and motivated Marketing and Development Officer

£18,500 – £20,500 salary per annum depending on experience – Full time
Based in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

The ideal candidate will be hardworking, conscientious, and able to work within our small team as well as independently.

Your role will be to work with the Marketing Manager to deliver efficient and effective campaigns and communication for all aspects of the company’s extensive programme. Audio visual technology and social media development play a large part in the role, so know-how and experience in these areas are a must.

You will ideally have a degree or equivalent qualification and have excellent interpersonal and literacy skills. A high level of computer literacy, good organisational skills and attention to detail are also desirable for the role.

Full details of how to apply and a more information on the Marketing and Development Officer role can be downloaded by clicking here.

Closing Date for Applications:
12 noon | Monday 9 March 2015

Thursday 12th  March 2015. Second interviews Friday 13th March 2015.

Spencer Yard, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, CV31 3SY | [t] 01926 887 052
[f] 01926 316 734 | [w]

Motionhouse champions equality and aims to create a culture that respects and values diversity.

Salary: £18,500.00 /year


Never a Dull Moment at Motionhouse!


2014 Mark_Simmons


So 2014 is racing to its conclusion!  As ever I just can’t believe how quickly the year has flown by, or indeed what we have accomplished in those 12 short months.  It’s been a year of new shows, new countries, fabulous audiences, brilliant partnerships, new faces and plenty of babies! All delivered by the brilliant Motionhouse staff team who just go from strength to strength.

We started the year with our second UK tour of Broken, pausing for a five week tour of the USA with Scattered in the spring.  With three outdoor shows in our repertoire we toured throughout Europe and the UK in the summer months, perhaps the highlight being a performance of Captive in Cap Feret in France where we travelled by speedboat to the performance location – all very James Bond!

Double -Mo-7... We go all James Bond in France!

Double -Mo-7... We go all James Bond in France!

Traction took to the beach in Fleetwood and Scattered premiered in Tokyo and Hong Kong and a brand new duet Lost was developed and premiered at the very first Motus festival in Milton Keynes.  All in all over 43,000 people have seen us perform this year… and if you’re wondering what life is like for the dancers on the road, you can watch this fantastic video shot by dancer Luka, when the company was in Tokyo and Hong Kong earlier this year.

Meanwhile we have been busy developing our programme of classes in our studio with regular classes now running four days a week for all ages and experience.  Motionhouse Youth have performed at MY Dance which was held in Birmingham as part of the International Dance Festival, at U.Dance in Nottingham, in St Mary’s church in Warwick and in our own creative bases in Leamington Spa and Warwick.

Austin talks tech, Jack and Rich line up lights and the dancers and Sam celebrate another European date!

Austin talks tech, Jack and Rich line up lights and the dancers and Sam celebrate another European date!

We have welcomed new faces to the team throughout the year; our fabulous Administrator Sam is now nearing the end of her first year, our Production Manager Austin and Lighting Technician Jack joined Rich to complete our tour crew and we were delighted to welcome back Claire who returned from maternity leave having had the beautiful Lola to take on the new role of Youth Dance Director as well as joining the company on the road when she can. We’ve also worked with a fantastic range of associate dancers as we have toured around the globe such as Luka Owen, Chris Knight and Hal Smith – thanks for all your hard work!



Broken is back on the road

Of course we have plenty of plans in place for 2015. Due to popular demand Broken will be hitting the road again in January and tickets are already flying out so do make sure to check our tour dates page for a venue near you.  Large performance projects are in the pipeline at Tamworth Castle, in Glasgow and in Canterbury and we will be returning to the USA for the third time. With two more Motionhouse babies due in February to add to the mix, there is never a dull moment –  2015 is certainly looking as eventful as the last year!

Wishing all our friends and supporters a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

Keep your eyes peeled and watch our progress in 2015!

Louise and all of our Motionhouse team x