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The Company

About Us

Founded in 1988 by Louise Richards and Kevin Finnan MBE, we create world class dance-circus productions that tour extensively to rave reviews across the globe. From full-length productions for theatre touring to flexible work for the outdoors and large-scale performance events, our sell-out productions integrate athletic physicality, powerful narrative, incredible digital imagery and emotive sound scores.

Our work takes its inspiration from common human concerns and our connection to the world in which we live, with recent works exploring flooding, the pressure of time, fear and captivity, and our relationship with water, the Earth and energy. Our dancers perform on stunning sets, with aerialists and singers, in incredible settings and to breath-taking effect.

We are committed to promoting equality in all aspects of our work, and to creating a culture that respects, values and champions diversity. We uphold equal opportunities and recognise and celebrate diversity. Treating everyone we work with equitably, fairly and with dignity and respect, ensuring that we do not discriminate on any grounds is one of our core values. Our team and the people we work with are at the heart of this commitment and we celebrate the opportunities we have to work with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences.


Theatre productions

Our full-length productions tour to theatres across the UK and internationally. We seamlessly integrate digital imagery with live performance, creating a ‘living film’ that draws audiences into the magical world on stage.


Outdoor productions

Pioneers of outdoor dance, our range of flexible productions tours to festivals and non-theatre spaces. These short, sharp injections of dance and circus are designed to be performed outdoors and up-close rather than in a conventional theatre.


Large-scale events

With a three-and-a-half-decade track record of creating work in unusual settings, we have secured a reputation as the ‘go to’ company to create visionary large-scale outdoor events. Our Artistic Director Kevin Finnan MBE was Choreographer and Movement Director for the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.


Inspiring the next generation 

We have an enviable reputation for delivering an excellent education and training programme at our studio in Leamington Spa, throughout the UK and further afield. We deliver a wide range of learning and training projects, in schools and in the community, for students and for young professionals, focusing on skills-development and creativity.


Motionhouse is supported using public funding through Arts Council England.

Our Aims