Well, Broken is well and truly underway! We’ve been all over the country already on this first leg of the UK tour – and it’s not over yet. With the dancers enjoying teaching workshops to enthusiastic students, loading into venues that we have never visited before and an overwhelming response from critics and audiences alike, we’re overwhelmed by the fantastic reaction Broken has had so far.
As always though, there is even more going on behind the scenes than the shows you see on stage or on the streets. Not content with creating TWO new shows this year, last week our Artistic Director Kevin Finnan headed to the HE Services Plant in Strood to meet up with an old friend to work on a new piece – and when we say old friend we mean a bright yellow, four wheeled, approximately 160 stone machine that we saw earlier in the year – that’s right, Kevin headed to Strood to meet up with a single JCB and its driver as well as two dancers to put some R&D into a new piece with the working title of Reach.
Reach is a truly extraordinary concept – taking the breathtaking spectacle of a dancing machine and combining it with a tender, awe inspiring narrative as the machine interacts with two disabled dancers; Welly O‘Brien and David Toole. Welly and David both worked as dancers during the Opening and Closing Ceremonies at the London 2012 Paralympic Games with Kevin choreographing David’s solo in the Opening Ceremony! Despite their vast experience as dancers and performers, both admitted that the prospect of exploring our legendary ‘Machine Dance’ series for themselves, was nerve wracking. You can see how the 4 days R&D went in the video below as well as exclusive interviews and behind the scenes footage.
Whilst we’ve said a warm ‘hello!’ to the dancers and diggers this week we are also in the midst of an equally warm Goodbye. For the past seven years, the Motionhouse office team has been working tirelessly (if we do say so ourselves…) to help keep the show/s on the road and integral to that has been a very special lady; our inimitable administrator mezze.
Anyone who has worked with us, booked workshops, requested merchandise, or indeed simply contacted the company in the past few years will doubtless have encountered mezze who, after years of looking after all of us; arranging the transport, pressing play on the sound systems, creating schedules for the many many people in the company and so much more, is moving to working with children in theatre. We can say with 100% certainty that whichever company or theatre mezze decides to settle with will be gaining an amazing person and friend and we wish her the very best of luck in her new path! If you would like to say Goodbye to mezze, you can leave a comment below, or over on our social channels – we will make sure she gets them.
That’s nearly all for now! Don’t forget, as the end of our 25th year draws ever closer we will be posting lots of amazing articles, features and fun things as we look back over this year, not only on here but also on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages as well as our newsletter (don’t forget to sign up on our website to make sure you get your e-card this December!)
Lara and the Motionhouse team X