Motionhouse charge ahead with new show

Steve Orme

Touring company Motionhouse has announced dates for the first tour of its “multimedia dance-circus show” Charge.

The production is inspired by energy: from the electrical charge that sparks human life to the beating of our hearts and the memories we make. Six performers use physical dance and acrobatics—synonymous with Motionhouse—to delve deep into the human body, tracing the story of energy in our lives.

Charge is the third element of Kevin Finnan’s Earth Trilogy and develops themes explored in Scattered (2009) and Broken (2013) about our relationship with water and the earth.

Motionhouse’s artistic director Kevin Finnan MBE, who was choreographer and movement director of the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, is at the helm of the project, working closely with the company to bring to life his vision for Charge.

Motionhouse is working with Professor Frances Ashcroft and her team from the University of Oxford on the role of electricity in the human body to support the creative and choreographic process.

Finnan said, “Charge is an incredible collaboration between artists and scientists. Bringing multiple disciplines together to create a piece of work is really exciting for me. I find the science that inspired the show fascinating and I want to use this to create a show for audiences to enjoy—but which also makes them think and feel about the role energy plays in our lives.”

The production opens at Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry from Wednesday until Saturday, 4 to 7 October. It then tours to Cast, Doncaster; Home, Manchester; Auditorium Ferrari, Camposampiero, Italy; The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury; Dance City, Newcastle-upon-Tyne; Octagon Theatre, Yeovil; Theatre Royal, Winchester; Connaught Theatre, Worthing; and Jersey Opera House, St Helier, Jersey on 23 and 24 November.

In 2018 there will be dates in England, Wales, Germany and Denmark. Further details are available at the Motionhouse web site.