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in a shifting world
Motionhouse’s brand new theatre production Broken is available for touring from Autumn 2013. Premiering at Warwick Arts Centre on 2nd October 2013 with two further performances on 3rd and 4th October, Broken will tour to venues across the country.
Visually thrilling and full of trickery, Artistic Director Kevin Finnan’s brand new touring production Broken erupts onto the stage. Building on the success of the critically acclaimed, Scattered which has beentouring to international audiences for four years, Broken probes our precarious relationship with the earth, luring the audience into a world of shifting perspectives.
Highly athletic dance is submerged within intricate digital imagery and original music in an unashamedly visual and adrenaline fuelled spectacle, contrasting the caves of our ancient ancestors with modern apartments of glass and steel, juxtaposing the mythical underworld where our hopes and fears are amplified with the visceral overworld of light and speed, questioning our ambivalence towards our world, that is, until disaster strikes.
Hanging in suspense, diving for support and scrambling to safety, the dancers negotiate the cracks and craters of a world of illusions where nothing is quite as it seems.
Designed by long-term collaborator Simon Dormon, with projections courtesy of international digital innovators Logela Multimedia, Broken will be an unashamedly visual spectacle: ravishing, delicate and poignant, taking the audience on a journey into the earth as they have never seen it before.
Broken is commissioned by Warwick Arts Centre, Watford Palace Theatre, Blackpool Grand, mac and Swindon Dance.
Broken is still currently being devised, but here’s a brief overview of our technical requirements for the show so far.
As with all Motionhouse productions, Broken will have an extraordinary set
We anticipate needing a footprint 9m deep * 10m wide
With a minimum height clearance to overhead bars of 6.5m
We will need two or three fixed points from the overhead grid for suspending people.
Contains film projection - we will hang a projector from your Number 1 bar
Can be performed once per day, after dark if outdoors
Requires a full day for the load-in and set build the day before the first performance
Additional technical support required from the venue
Total number of people on tour: 12
For further information about Broken and to book the show contact our Programme Manager Jo Valentine by email Jo@motionhouse.co.uk or by calling +44(0)1926 887 052.
"Super athletic dancers, as dextrous in the air and with ropes as they are powerful on the floor, this is a company that has long cornered the high impact end of the market" The Guardian
"Motionhouse's work is some of the most startling and original performance based contemporary dance I have had the pleasure of witnessing... 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 are just captivating" Sir Richard Taylor | Weta, New Zealand | (Creators of Avatar)
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Watch film footage of our most recent production Scatteredhere
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