Investment in new ideas, projects and works was a key part of our activities this year. We created a new duet, Lost, which has been performed at festivals throughout the summer. We were delighted to take the show to local festivals including Leamington Spa’s Art in the Park and the Birmingham Weekender.

Martina and Al perform Lost at Birmingham Weekender (Photo: Steve, Event Digital)

Martina and Al perform Lost at Birmingham Weekender (Photo: Steve, Event Digital)

Martina and Al perform Lost at Birmingham Weekender (Photo: Steve, Event Digital)

Ari and Danny perform Lost at Art in the Park, Leamington Spa

Watch the Lost trailer here

We developed one-off pieces called Flight and Parkway that were performed at the opening of Birmingham New Street train station and Oxford Parkway train station respectively.

 Performing Parkway in Oxford

 

2015 has also been a year of awards and recognition. In July we won the 2015 Touch FM Pride of Warwick District Pride Award recognising “the work of an individual or group who makes an outstanding contribution to life in Warwick District.”

In October Motionhouse was awarded the Judges’ Choice Award – the top prize at the Leamington Business awards, and our Executive Director Louise Richards was named as Leamington’s Business Person of the Year. Also in October, Motionhouse was nominated for a UK Theatre Award in The Renee Stepham Award for Best Presentation of Touring Theatre category.

The dancers with the Judges Choice Award, Leamington Business Awards

The office team with the Pride of Warwick District Pride Award

Louise Richards, Business Person of the Year, Leamington Business Awards

We hope to make 2016 another award-winning year!

In April the company took Broken to Denmark where they performed the show five times to brilliant audiences. They managed to squeeze in a bit of exploring too, taking some well deserved time out in Copenhagen!

Outside Baltopen Live in Ballerup

Exploring Copenhagen, including a stop at the Lego shop!

Take a look behind-the-scenes on tour in this video made by dancer Luka!

In September we had the immense pleasure of taking Broken to Cyprus as part of the month-long Kypria International Festival 2015. The reception we had was incredible, performing to full houses in Nicosia and Limassol. Taking work made in the UK around the world is something we are very proud of and we can’t wait to get back on the road in 2016!

The company at the airport!

One of our incredible audiences in Cyprus

Ari, Danny and Junior on set during rehearsals

As well as touring our shows around the globe, we teach internationally too; 2015 saw Claire, our Lead Artists of Creative Projects and Participation, travel to South Korea to work with students from the North London Collegiate College (Jeju). It looks like a great time was had by all..!

Claire with the Jeju dancers!