Traction

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"

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"Awesome! Brilliantly choreographed; beautifully executed – an inspiration and a wonderful piece of theatre"
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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 Claire Benson, Olivia Quayle Giorgio de Carolis and Phillip Stummer. Photograph by Delineate

 

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Motionhouse perform their latest Machine Dance, Traction, featuring Alasdair Stewart, Olivia Quayle, Claire Benson and Phillip Stummer.  Photograph courtesy of BullringMotionhouse perform their latest Machine Dance, Traction, featuring Claire Benson.  Photograph by DelineateMotionhouse perform their latest Machine Dance, Traction, featuring Alasdair Stewart, Olivia Quayle, Giorgio de Carolis, Junior Cunningham, Claire Benson, Phillip Stummer.  Photograph courtesy of BullringMotionhouse perform their latest Machine Dance, Traction, featuring Claire Benson, Junior Cunningham, Olivia Quayle and Alasdair Stewart. Photograph by DelineateMotionhouse perform their latest Machine Dance, Traction, featuring Giorgio de Carolis and Junior Cunningham. Photograph courtesy of Bullring

Claire Benson, Alasdair Stewart performing Traction at Marseille Provence European Capital of Culture celebrations 2013 Image: © Augustin Le Gall / KarwanClaire 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 / KarwanClaire Benson, Alasdair Stewart, Junior Cunningham, Martina Bussi, Daniel Connor, Rebecca Williams performing Traction at Marseille Provence European Capital of Culture celebrations 2013. Image: courtesy of Giuliano BertiJunior Cunningham, Rebecca Williams performing Traction at Marseille Provence European Capital of Culture celebrations 2013. Image: Lara Coffey MotionhouseClaire Benson, Alasdair Stewart, Daniel Connor, performing Traction at Marseille Provence European Capital of Culture celebrations 2013. Image: Lara Coffey Motionhouse

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