Traction was commissioned by Bullring Birmingham as a climactic celebration to launch a new development to the shopping centre complex. The show was recreated for an audience of 16,000 at Prado Nord for the Marseille Provence European Capital of Culture 2013 celebrations and the response was "Magnifique!! Très bien!! Amazing!".
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.
Premiered| 24 November 2011, Bullring Birmingham
Credits Artistic Director
Kevin Finnan Choreography
Kevin Finnan & the Company
Dancers in the Trailer
Claire Benson, Giorgio de Carolis, Junior Cunningham, Olivia Quayle, Alasdair Stewart and Philipp Stummer
Production team Machine Operator
Andy Garrot, William Power,
Kev Burrow, Stuart Hudson Music Score and Original Music
Sophy Smith & Tim Dickinson
Traction is commissioned by Bullring with support from Arts Council England Arts Nation, H.E. Services and Diggerland
"Traction by Motionhouse is perhaps the most perfect fusion of man & machine since Cyberdyne Systems grafted flesh over a metal exoskeleton" Audience Member
"Awesome! Brilliantly choreographed; beautifully executed – an inspiration and a wonderful piece of theatre" Audience Member
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