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Ever Wondered How We Created Charge?

29th January 2018

We’re thrilled to share our brand new, immersive Charge Portal – an exciting collection of video interviews and original digital content, for audiences and students to learn more about our new production, Charge, currently on tour around the UK and Europe.

Since our creation in 1988, we have placed education firmly at the centre of our work and, whilst touring our trailblazing productions around the world, have collaborated closely with schools, universities and colleges to inspire students with unforgettable experiences. Our new Charge Portal offers exclusive behind-the-scenes content and explores the creation of our new dance-circus show, Charge, which is inspired by the role of electricity in the human body.

Watch The Charge Trailer

Four years in the making, Charge is a unique collaboration that draws together art and science. We have worked with Professor Frances Ashcroft and her team from the University of Oxford to place science at the heart of the creation of the show, which explores the electrical charge that sparks human life, to the beating of our hearts and the memories we make. Charge sees six performers use the highly physical dance and spectacular acrobatics, interspersed with 3D digital projections, to delve deep into the human body and to bring to life the incredible story of energy in our lives.

Packed with special video interviews and onstage footage, the Charge Portal provides an accessible and stimulating collection of online audience and education resources, to enable both young people and non-scientific audiences to explore the science that inspired the show. Louise Richards, our Executive Director, says:

“These resources have been created with the aim of providing audiences with information on how Charge was made, and teachers with a wealth of engaging content that they can use to inspire and enthuse young people about art, movement and the world around them.”

Charge is ideally placed to engage young children of Primary School age with scientific themes and ignite a curiosity and interest in the bio-electricity of their own bodies. As well as guiding pupils and teachers scene-by-scene through the work’s themes and ideas, the primary resources show how the production can be used as a springboard to support learning across other curriculum areas; in literacy, geography, PE, dance, music, history, PSHE and art. The Secondary School resources offer KS3, KS4 & A-Level dance students the opportunity to study a professional dance in depth. Using the digital format (supported by PDF downloads), teachers will have a range of resources, questions and tasks at their disposal to lead students through the work developing their analytical, choreographic and performance skills.

Charge is created and directed by our Artistic Director, Kevin Finnan MBE, Choreographer and Movement Director of the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. It is the third element of his renowned ‘Earth Trilogy’, developing on themes explored in the hugely successful Scattered (2009) and Broken (2013) about our relationship with water and the Earth. Since opening in October 2017, Charge has been thrilling audiences around the UK and Europe and is a must-see for dance, circus and theatre lovers, as well as anyone interested in science, art, digital imagery and graphic design.

The next leg of the Charge tour visits Aberystwyth Arts Centre (30 January), Storyhouse, Chester (6 February), Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea (9 February), Burghof Lörrach, Germany (17 February), Baltoppen LIVE, Denmark (21-24 February), Hall For Cornwall, Truro (2-3 March), Theatre By The Lake, Keswick (7 March), Birmingham Hippodrome (13 March), Buxton Opera House (16 March), The Peacock, London (21-24 March), Lighthouse, Poole (27 March), Gulbenkian, Canterbury (17-21 April), Nottingham Playhouse (27 April), G Live, Guildford (1 May), Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds (4 May), New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth (9 May), Bregenzer Fruhling Festival, Austria (18 May), Quays Culture, Manchester (9 June) and Zsolnay Light Festival, Hungary (28 June). Charge Tour Dates.

The Charge Portal education resources have been created with support from the Rothschild Foundation and The Ernest Cook Trust. Charge is supported by Warwick Arts Centre, The Rothschild Foundation, the Ernest Cook Trust, TippingPoint Stories of Change and The Leche Trust. Official Energy Partner of Charge: First Utility.

Motionhouse is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, as well as Warwick District Council, Vitsœ and the John Ellerman Foundation.