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.
- 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.