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We are delighted to be delivering an MA in Dance-Theatre in association with Coventry University, with a first cohort starting in January 2020. The course will be a unique opportunity to develop professional level dance-theatre making and performance skills in association with a professional dance-circus company with over 30 years experience in the industry.

  • Open to students from a range of backgrounds including performing arts, dance, circus, theatre and choreography.
  • Combines practical performance experience with Motionhouse, alongside research events and seminars with leading academics and industry professionals involved in production, project management and funding.

In choosing this course, you will join an established School of Media and Performing Arts known for industry-facing research- informed and practice-led provision. Split between the Coventry campus and the Motionhouse professional studios in Leamington Spa, you will have the opportunity to study with leading professionals in the field, thereby gaining insights, experience and knowledge in order to develop your own dance-theatre, choreographic and performance skills, industry skills and networks.

Dance-theatre, circus and spectacle is a growing and creative sector in the performing arts professional world. This course has been designed to prepare you to be innovative and adventurous performers, choreographers, educators and researchers. It aims to provide you with an advanced understanding and associated skills in performance techniques, choreography, teaching and production.

Your learning will be underpinned by development of the professional, interpersonal and communication skills needed to successfully work in dance-theatre and work as part of a team to maximise your own and each other’s skills, knowledge and creativity.

Providing you with industry relevant expertise and skill-sets this course will enable you to develop your profile as an independent practitioner working within a global performing arts context.

If you are interested in joining the course, you can sign up to one of our two exciting taster sessions on the 9th of November (11am – 1pm) and 19th of November (1:30pm – 3:30pm), taking place in Vitsoe, our creation and rehearsal space.

To find out more, contact Dr Sara Reed on [email protected] or [email protected]

This is a very exciting new course with Motionhouse, who have been influencing contemporary dance practice, and training future artists, for over 30 years. Drawing on the working practices of Motionhouse, you will expand your own artistic practice and ability to create original and innovative work, culminating in public performances at an established performance venue and you will return to the professional performance world with exceptional enhanced skills and knowledge.

Dr Sara Reed

Course Leaders

Dr Kevin Finnan MBE, co-founder and artistic director of Motionhouse

Kevin is known for his dynamic, highly visual productions integrating dance, circus and digital technology. He is responsible for the distinctive style that Motionhouse is renowned for. He is passionate about exploring and questioning the traditional use of space in performance, he is regularly commissioned to develop extraordinary dance spectacles, most notably as Choreographer and Movement Director of the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Kevin has created major productions celebrated globally, including more than 35 theatre and outdoor festival productions, large-scale outdoor spectacles and bespoke performance events including major commissions for three European Capital of Culture celebrations. In 2017 Kevin became first Visiting Professor of Dance at Birmingham City University’s Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. He has an MA in Contemporary Performing Arts from University College Bretton Hall and a PhD in Theatre from Warwick University. He is a Research Fellow at the University of Warwick and in 2013 was made an honorary Doctor of Letters at the University of Warwick in recognition of the importance of his work and his service to the arts. He was awarded an MBE in 2013 for his services to dance.

Louise Richards, co-founder and executive director of Motionhouse

Louise is the driving force behind Motionhouse’s trailblazing journey and global success. Her vision shapes the company’s activity and strategic direction. Louise’s skill for recognising opportunities for the company has enabled Motionhouse to set rather than follow trends, initiating the expansion of our repertoire to include outdoor work to appeal to a range of festival and other audiences, and producing many of the acclaimed large-scale productions that have made the company an influential player in the UK arts sector. She is instrumental in developing the many partnerships that Motionhouse enjoys and is the producer of the company’s extensive programme. Under Louise’s direction Motionhouse has developed a wide reaching education and training programme. Committed to the development of the sector as a whole, she acts as a mentor for young performers and arts organisations, as well as developing a range of apprenticeships and professional development strands for the Motionhouse programme. Originally a dancer and choreographer, Louise remains closely involved with the performing company and creative process.

Alasdair Stewart, Motionhouse Performer

Alasdair is a senior member of the Motionhouse performing company. He joined Motionhouse in 2009 and has played an integral part in the development of the company’s work in the intervening years. Originally from the New Forest, he began his dance training at Barton Peveril College and then joined Hampshire Youth Dance Company. He began advanced prevocational training at The Place’s Centre for Advanced Training and went on to graduate with First Class BA (Hons) from London Contemporary Dance School. Prior to joining Motionhouse,  Alasdair performed with Hofesh Shechter Company and Dance United. He gained an MA in Contemporary Dance Performance from the London Contemporary Dance School in 2010.

Dr Sara Reed

Sara is Principal Lecturer and Associate Professor of Dance and member of C-DaRE, Centre for Dance Research. She is on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Dance, Movement & Spiritualities; Associate Editor for Theatre, Dance and Performance Training;  a trustee for Independent Dance, London and a trustee for Wriggle Dance Theatre, for children. Sara has published widely in her area of specialism.

Andrea Barzey

Andrea is Course Director for MA Collaborative Theatre Making in Association with Frantic Assembly and Senior Lecturer in Dance, is a dance film artist and educationalist. She is a Senior Teaching Fellow with the Higher Education Academy and is currently engaged in pedagogic research projects related to reflective practice.