From the 5th to the 7th of October 2018, Motionhouse transformed a disused dock on the Bega River in Timisoara, Romania into the stage for a spectacular large-scale outdoor show, as part of the cultural programme in the lead-up to the TM2021 European Capital of Culture celebrations taking place there in 2021. The show, called Lumen, marked the beginning of the celebrations.

Check out some of the performance highlights here:

Created and directed by Kevin Finnan MBE, Artistic Director of Motionhouse, Lumen  celebrated the people of Timisoara, who shine as the constant light of the city during the considerable periods of flux in the country’s recent history, reflecting the theme of the celebrations, ‘Shine your light’.

We are renowned for our work in unusual non-theatre spaces and Lumen saw us work with local choirs and dancers to bring to life the dockside. A giant aerial spectacle of boats, flying bicycles, construction workers and a flying room suspended from cranes were just some of the spectacular elements involved. This, combined with incredible digital projections by our long-term collaborator Logela, helped us to tell the story of the ebb and flow of history on the city over recent years.

To learn more about the process of Lumen check out our Tales of Timisoara blog series.

“I am absolutely delighted to have been invited to this fascinating place to create Lumen. I want to celebrate the incredible people who live in this city and to make a story that captures their place within the history of Timișoara. Lumen is about the city and for the city and I hope that it will touch and move the local people who see it, helping to reinforce their pride and ownership of their city. By its form it will be spectacular, but I want it to be engaging and meaningful too.”


Lumen Production Gallery

Lumen Rehearsal Gallery

Tales of Timisoara Video Series

Go behind the scenes of our performance of Lumen in October by getting to grips with the harnesses our dancers worked with in Romania, hearing Artistic Director Kevin Finnan discussing the themes and inspirations, and seeing work on the projections that interact with our dancers movements.