"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)

"What a fantastic achievement indeed and congratulations Kevin – full of admiration for this latest achievement and for all you have achieved over the years at Motionhouse – one of the most creative companies in dance over many, many years and you deserve to bathe in the glow of this latest spectacular which I loved!"
Marie McCluskey MBE, Director of Swindon Dance congratulating Kevin on his role as Choreographer & Director of Movement of the London 2012 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony

"Awesome! Brilliantly choreographed; beautifully executed – an inspiration and a wonderful piece of theatre"
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Watch more footage from our most recent Large-Scale Spectacle, The Voyage here

Large-Scale Spectacle

Motionhouse is widely acknowledged as a leader in the field of outdoor performance and large-scale spectacle. In the last decade the sheer scale and impact of this work has led to ever more memorable and ground breaking opportunities. With our largest event to date The Voyage, which formed part of the launch the London 2012 Festival in June 2012, we built a full-size ocean going liner in the heart of Birmingham City Centre. The performance, which attracted audiences of more than 15,000 across three nights along with widespread attention and praise for the performers and the city across social media, involved dancers, aerialists, a large gospel choir, a brass band and the involvement of more than 140 community performers. 

Few in the audience will ever forget this experience…

We continue to work with new partners, place work in a range of locations, attract new audiences and mount ambitious, engaging productions. The Voyage offers the option to incorporate a major participation project and is currently available to be remounted for large-scale international events and major festivals with opportunities for local performers, choirs and musicians. The Voyage has the capacity to deliver both an awesome performance spectacle as the centrepiece to a major event, and also a lasting and impactful participatory performance experience for local people.

Motionhouse have experience of staging a wide range of large scale performances and tackling all of the challenges that go with working with global partners staging work in unusual locations. With Road to the Beach in 2004 we created a massive promenade performance along a tidal Cornish beach; 2005 saw Dreams and Ruin, a wildly atmospheric event at the beautiful ruins of Witley Court in Worcestershire; and in 2006 we created the awesome Renaissance in Lee Green, East London, celebrating the news that London had won the race to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Run! followed in 2008, a celebration of sport and art at The Queens House in Greenwich marking the start of the Cultural Olympiad.

If you'd like to request a DVD of the show, to discuss the possibility of remounting the show or receive further information contact our Executive Director Louise Richards by emailing Louise@motionhouse.co.uk or by calling  +44(0)1926 887 052.

In addition we are always open to creating bespoke new work, devising and delivering landmark large-scale events in dialogue with producers and with our team of visionary artistic collaborators. To discuss your project please contact Louise on the contact details above.

"Spectacle is a word that is often over used in theatre but for The Voyage there is no other word. This outside dance theatre performance uses every sense to tell a simple story of love and loss, companionship and adventure. The feeling of pride, patriotism and wonder was palpable... Everyone knew how special and unique this event was and will be eternally grateful that their city was chosen to host it."
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Motionhouse, Legs On The Wall, Birmingham Conservatoire's Brass Band, Birmingham's Town Hall Choir and the Quest Community Performers in the opening of The Voyage, created for the London 2012 Festival by Motionhouse and Legs On The Wall and produced by Birmingham Hippodrome. Photography by Delineate Design.Junior Cunningham, Vanessa Cook and Lisi Perry performing in Motionhouse's Road to the Beach: The Edge – Photography by Steve Tanner and Morgan LowndesMotionhouse performing in Renaissance – Photography by The Lift Creative ServicesCommunity performs appear alongside Motionhouse dancers Sioda Martin, Stuart Waters, Helen Parlor, Junior Cunningham and Vanessa Cook in Dreams and Ruin – Photography by Robert DayMotionhouse's Olivia Quayle performing in Motionhouse's Run – Photography by Dave McKenna

Motionhouse performing in Renaissance – Photography by Greenwich+Docklands International FestivalMotionhouse's Road to the Beach: The Edge – Photography by Steve Tanner and Morgan LowndesMotionhouse's Run – Photography by Dave McKennaMotionhouse's Dreams and Ruin - Photography by Robert DayThe performers from Motionhouse, Legs On The Wall and The Quest Community Groups throw steamers into the crowd as they set sail for The Voyage performance, created for the opening of the London 2012 Festival by Motionhouse and Legs On The Wall and produced by Birmingham Hippodrome. Photography by Paul Machacek.

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