Motionhouse show heads for Hippodrome

Published: 5 January 2022
Reporter: Steve Orme

“Emotional and uplifting story”: Nobody by Motionhouse Credit: Dan Tucker

Birmingham Hippodrome associate company Motionhouse is to stage its first performances at the Hippodrome since 2018: Nobody which had its world première at London’s Peacock Theatre in September 2021.

Nobody “explores the tension between our inner lives and how we make sense of the world around us”. Motionhouse’s “renowned dance-circus style combines with mesmerising choreography to tell this emotional and ultimately uplifting story, full of twists and turns”.

Motionhouse artistic director Kevin Finnan who conceived and directs Nobody said, “it was a challenge to make Nobody during the pandemic, but the process was interesting because the pandemic entirely reshaped my original vision for the production.

“When the dancers and I came back in early 2021 after a long period of lockdowns and furlough, we had an incredible urge to be creative and to explore new ways of moving.

“I think the energy and emotions of the extraordinary collective experience of dealing with the pandemic shaped the content and the movement we were coming up with as a group.

“The first act is driven by the raw emotion of our experiences during lockdown. There is a sense of isolation and being alone and the effects this had on us all during the pandemic. In the second act there’s a sense of coming together and the strength we all get from that.”

Performers are Olly Bell, Berta Contijoch, Chris Knight, Daniel Massarella, Beth Pattison, Shannon Kate Platt and Joel Pradas.

Nobody is at Birmingham Hippodrome on Friday 4 February at 1 and 7:30PM.