Waiting Game

Dining With a Difference

Motionhouse is one of the UK’s foremost dance theatre companies. 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.

Waiting Game was commissioned by Bullring Birmingham for a ‘Breaking of the Ground’ ceremony. Premiering in March 2011 Waiting Game was originally created to celebrate the commencement of construction on a new restaurant development at the shopping centre.

Waiting Game is a highly ingenious piece that took dining as a starting point in making a dance with a difference! Waiting Game a playful and audacious trio for two dancers and a JCB digger, which takes place in a familiar restaurant situation. Turning dining out on its head, the two dancers are waited on by a JCB – but the quality of the service leaves something to be desired!

The diners interweave and collide with the machine in a poetic aerial spectacle that sees them fly high above the crowds, reaching out to a world of possibilities.

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

Technical Information

  • Minimum of 2 days in a rehearsal area prior to presentation – ideally the performance area but if this is not viable a large open area is needed
  • Minimum performance area 19m x 12m
  • Minimum height clearance 7.6m
  • Running time 15 minutes
  • For outdoor day or night performance with audience on 3 sides
  • Health & Safety support and stewards required
  • Hire of one JCB 3CX machine
  • Number of performers: 2
  • Number of machine operators: 1
  • Number of people on tour: 4/5

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

 
"Motionhouse has captured my heart! Waiting Game was enthralling and the dancers took my breath away. So moving!"

Audience Member

 

"Blown away by Waiting Game – a stunning acrobatic contemporary pas de deux with JCB Digger!"
Audience Member

 

 


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Olivia Quayle and Junior Cunningham in Motionhouse's Waiting Game. Photography by Salshan.comOlivia Quayle and Junior Cunningham in Motionhouse's Waiting Game. Photography by Salshan.com Olivia Quayle and Junior Cunningham in Motionhouse's Waiting Game. Photography by Salshan.com Junior Cunningham in Motionhouse's Waiting Game. Photography by Salshan.comJunior Cunningham and Olivia Quayle in Motionhouse's Waiting Game. Photography by Salshan.com

Junior Cunningham and Olivia Quayle in Motionhouse's Waiting Game. Photography by Salshan.com Olivia Quayle and Junior Cunningham in Motionhouse's Waiting Game. Photography by Justine Watkins Junior Cunningham and Olivia Quayle in Motionhouse's Waiting Game. Photography by Justine WatkinsJunior Cunningham in Motionhouse's Waiting Game. Photography by Salshan.comJunior Cunningham and Olivia Quayle in Motionhouse's Waiting Game. Photography by Salshan.com

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