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!
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.
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!
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