Captive

Following on from the hugely successful shows Underground and Cascade, Captive is Motionhouse’s newest outdoor piece available for touring internationally from spring 2013.

Performed by four dancers in a large cage, Captive is inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem The Panther and considers how a human, like an animal, can be plucked from normal life and plunged into captivity. Rendition has made the human experience the same as the animal’s and with confinement thrust upon the unsuspecting victim, the wild and free must find ways of expressing within the bordered and caged.

Powerfully physical, emotionally charged and extraordinary, Captive is a dazzling blend of dance and aerial work. In order to survive, the environment is constantly transformed though physical ingenuity. Pacing the cage and tumbling through a world turned upside down, which way is up as our cell of confinement gets turned on its head?

Here’s a brief overview of our technical requirements for the show.

Technical Information

  • Performance area: 9m x 9m
  • Height clearance: 5m
  • Running time: 28 minutes
  • Up to 2 performances per day
  • For outdoor performance, viewed in the round
  • Minimal technical support required
  • Performers: 4
  • Number of people on tour: 6

Further information about Captive and more in depth technical specifications for the show can be found in our information pack which you can download here

If you’d like to request a DVD of the show, receive technical drawings or discuss pricing contact our Programme Manager Jo Valentine by emailing Jo@motionhouse.co.uk or by calling +44(0)1926 887 052.

If you’ve already booked the show and you’d like to upload our marketing pack for Captive, which includes imagery, brochure copy, logos etc click here

Captive is created with support from The Arts Council England, Birmingham Hippodrome, Swindon Dance, Bristol City Council and Without Walls.

 

 

 

                       

 

             

 

 

"One of the most creative companies in dance"
Marie McCluskey MBE, Director, Swindon Dance


"Motionhouse is breaking new ground – they have an amazing grasp of the challenges and rewards of outdoor work and have demonstrated great sophistication in their work across different scales: from intimacy to spectacle."
Bradley Hemmings, Director Greenwich+Docklands International Festival



"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)



Watch Us In Action    





Watch film footage of Captive here  





In 2013 Captive premiered to audiences in the UK before continuing to tour strategically to areas of low engagement. To read the Audience Development Report on this project, please click here.



We have also created a Toolkit to support organisations who wish to develop their outdoor touring portfolio  using our extensive experience in this field. To download the Toolkit, please click here.




 

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Alasdair Stewart, Rebecca Williams, Junior Cunningham and Martina Bussi in Motionhouse's Captive – Photography by Katja OgrinRebecca Williams, Alasdair Stewart and Junior Cunningham in Motionhouse's Captive – Photography by Katja OgrinJunior Cunningham, Rebecca Williams, Martina Bussi and Alasdair Stewart in Motionhouse's Captive – Photography by Katja OgrinMartina Bussi, Rebecca Williams, Alasdair Stewart and Junior Cunningham in Motionhouse's Captive – Photography by Katja OgrinJunior Cunningham, Rebecca Williams, Martina Bussi and Alasdair Stewart in Motionhouse's Captive. Photography by Katja Ogrin

Alasdair Stewart, Martina Bussi, Rebecca Williams and Junior Cunningham in Motionhouse's Captive – Photography by Katja OgrinAlasdair Stewart and Junior Cunningham in Motionhouse's Captive – Photography by Katja Ogrin Rebecca Williams and Alasdair Stewart in Motionhouse's Captive – Photography by Katja OgrinMartina Bussi, Alasdair Stewart, Junior Cunningham and Rebecca Williams in Motionhouse's Captive – Photography by Katja OgrinMartina Bussi, Junior Cunningham, Rebecca Williams and Alasdair Stewart in Motionhouse's Captive. Photography by Katja Ogrin

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