Traction

Motionhouse is a leading force in British dance theatre. We tour extensively internationally, create large scale spectacles and also specialise in creating bespoke Machine Dance productions that unite performers and JCB diggers in beautifully poignant yet highly physical events. These ‘Machine Dances’ draw on the strength yet vulnerability of the human form and the unlikely tenderness of the machines to deliver extraordinary spectacles for outdoor presentation.

Traction is our newest show in the series and was commissioned by Bullring Birmingham as a climactic celebration to launch a new development to the shopping centre complex.

Traction was freshly recreated on sand for the Marseille Provence European Capital of Culture celebrations in May 2013. Our thanks go to our very special machine operators William Power, Kev Burrow and Stuart Hudson for their support and skill on this project. An audience of 16,000 people gathered along the beachfront at Prado Nord and the show’s reach extended beyond the immediate audience with widespread international press coverage.

Traction is a stunning Transformers-esque performance that sees 6 dancers and 3 JCB diggers dancing together with extreme acrobatic partnering, animaline strength and startling unison phrases. Traction bursts forth in a high voltage celebration of the powerful harmony of humans and machines and is at once impossibly emotive and theatrically unforgettable, defying gravity and suspending disbelief.

Traction premiered in November 2011 and was performed in both daylight and under striking lights at night.

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

Technical Information

  • Minimum of 2 days rehearsal in the performance area prior to presentation
  • Minimum performance area 20m x 20m
  • Minimum height clearance 7.6m
  • Running time: 20 mins
  • For outdoor day or night performance with audience on 3 sides
  • Health & Safety support and stewards required
  • Hire of 3 JCB 3CX machines
  • Number of performers: 6
  • Number of machine operators: 3
  • Number of people on tour: 12

If you'd like to request a DVD of the show, receive further information about Traction or discuss pricing contact our Programme Manager Jo Valentine by emailing Jo@motionhouse.co.uk or by calling +44(0)1926 887 052. Traction can be adapted for each location alternatively we can develop Machine Dances for bespoke events, specially created for your festival or occasion.

 
"Traction by Motionhouse is perhaps the most perfect fusion of man & machine since Cyberdyne Systems grafted flesh over a metal exoskeleton"

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"Awesome! Brilliantly choreographed; beautifully executed – an inspiration and a wonderful piece of theatre"
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Motionhouse perform their latest Machine Dance, Traction, featuring Claire Benson. Photograph courtesy of Bullring


Daniel Connor and Martina Bussi performing Traction at Marseille Provence European Capital of Culture celebrations 2013 Image: courtesy of Giuliano Berti


Motionhouse perform their latest Machine Dance, Traction, featuring Alasdair Stewart. Photograph courtesy of Bullring


Junior Cunningham, Rebecca Williams performing Traction at Marseille Provence European Capital of Culture celebrations 2013. Image: Lara Coffey Motionhouse

 

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Motionhouse perform their latest Machine Dance, Traction, featuring Alasdair Stewart, Olivia Quayle, Claire Benson and Phillip Stummer. Photograph courtesy of BullringClaire Benson, Alasdair Stewart performing Traction at Marseille Provence European Capital of Culture celebrations 2013 Image: © Augustin Le Gall / KarwanMotionhouse perform their latest Machine Dance, Traction, featuring Alasdair Stewart, Olivia Quayle, Giorgio de Carolis, Junior Cunningham, Claire Benson, Phillip Stummer. Photograph courtesy of BullringClaire Benson, Alasdair Stewart, Junior Cunningham, Martina Bussi, Daniel Connor, Rebecca Williams performing Traction at Marseille Provence European Capital of Culture celebrations 2013 Image: © Augustin Le Gall / KarwanMotionhouse perform their latest Machine Dance, Traction, featuring Olivia Quayle. Photographs courtesy of Bullring

Claire Benson, Alasdair Stewart, Junior Cunningham, Martina Bussi, Daniel Connor, Rebecca Williams performing Traction at Marseille Provence European Capital of Culture celebrations 2013. Image: J-Marc Dusart /marcovdzMotionhouse perform their latest Machine Dance, Traction, featuring Giorgio de Carolis and Philipp Stummer. Photographs courtesy of Bullring Alasdair Stewart, Daniel Connor performing Traction at Marseille Provence European Capital of Culture celebrations 2013. Image: Lara Coffey MotionhouseMotionhouse perform their latest Machine Dance, Traction, featuring Junior Cunningham, Olivia Quayle, Claire Benson, Phillip Stummer, Alasdair Stewart and Giorgio de Carolis. Photograph courtesy of BullringAlasdair Stewart, Daniel Connor performing Traction at Marseille Provence European Capital of Culture celebrations 2013. Image: Lara Coffey Motionhouse

Motionhouse perform their latest Machine Dance, Traction, featuring Claire Benson. Photograph by DelineateClaire Benson, Alasdair Stewart, Junior Cunningham, Martina Bussi, Daniel Connor, Rebecca Williams performing Traction at Marseille Provence European Capital of Culture celebrations 2013. Image: J-Marc Dusart /marcovdzMotionhouse perform their latest Machine Dance, Traction, featuring Olivia Quayle and Alasdair Stewart. Photograph courtesy of BullringClaire Benson, Alasdair Stewart, Junior Cunningham, Martina Bussi, Daniel Connor, Rebecca Williams performing Traction at Marseille Provence European Capital of Culture celebrations 2013. Image: J-Marc Dusart /marcovdzMotionhouse perform their latest Machine Dance, Traction, featuring Alasdair Stewart, Junior Cunningham, Giorgio de Carolis and Philipp Stummer. Photograph by Delineate

Claire Benson, Alasdair Stewart, Daniel Connor performing Traction at Marseille Provence European Capital of Culture celebrations 2013. Image: Lara Coffey MotionhouseMotionhouse perform their latest Machine Dance, Traction, featuring Alasdair Stewart and Olivia Quayle. Photograph courtesy of BullringAudience at Traction at Marseille Provence European Capital of Culture celebrations 2013. Image: Lara Coffey MotionhouseMotionhouse perform their latest Machine Dance, Traction, featuring Giorgio de Carolis and Phillip Stummer. Photograph courtesy of BullringMartina Bussi, Marseille Provence European Capital of Culture celebrations 2013. Image: courtesy of Giuliano Berti

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