Motionhouse announces tour of new production ‘Charge’ Electrifying new multimedia dance-circus premieres October 2017

Charge by Motionhouse Luka Owen

Charge by Motionhouse Luka Owen Image by Chris Nash

Touring company Motionhouse has announced the dates for the premiere tour of its brand new production Charge.

Premiering in October 2017 at Warwick Arts Centre, Motionhouse’s new multimedia dance-circus show 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 the highly physical dance and acrobatics now synonymous with Motionhouse to delve deep into the human body, tracing the incredible story of energy in our lives.

Digital projections create a world on stage where dancers and images interact seamlessly, bringing to life stories of energy in our own bodies, humans as energy manipulators and the Earth’s weather systems.

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

After opening at Warwick Arts Centre from the 4th – 7th October 2017, the production will go on to tour extensively, with the first tour booked in 25 venues in the UK and Europe (dates for first leg of tour listed below). The production will continue to tour throughout 2018 and beyond.

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 and an established creative team to bring to life his vision for Charge.

The unique set for the show, created in collaboration with long-standing design partner Simon Dormon, who has designed and built the sets for the majority of Motionhouse’s productions, will create an extraordinary world on stage where dancers and digital imagery interact seamlessly.

Charge is a unique collaboration between art and science: Motionhouse is working with science partner 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, putting science at the heart of artistic practice.

Charge is an incredible collaboration between artists and scientists,” said Finnan. “Bringing multiple disciplines together to create one 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. I want to use dance and the onstage world I am going to create to give audiences new perspectives on energy and some of the science behind it.”

Charge will be supported by an education programme including online resources, teacher packs and workshops to enable young or non-scientific audiences to explore the science that inspired Charge.

Following on from the extraordinary success of Scattered and Broken, Charge will be a must-see for dance, circus and theatre lovers, but also for those interested in art, digital imagery, motion graphics and graphic design, as well as those interested in the science behind the production.

Motionhouse is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Charge is supported by Warwick Arts Centre, The Rothschild Foundation, and TippingPoint Stories of Change.

The Charge creative team:

Charge is created and directed by: Kevin Finnan MBE

Motionhouse performers: Martina Bussi, Daniel Massarella, Junior Cunningham (Rehearsal Director), Chris Knight, Luka Owen, Alasdair Stewart, Naomi Tadevossian and Rebecca Williams

Set design by: Simon Dormon with construction by Oblique

Lighting design by: Natasha Chivers

Digital imagery: Imanol Garaizabal and Karlos Gomez, Logela Multimedia

Music by: Tim Dickinson and Sophy Smith

Sound design by: Tim Dickinson and Logela Multimedia

Costumes by: Brooke Roberts-Islam and Moin Roberts-Islam, BR Innovation Agency

Production management: Austin Lawler at CUE

Image: Chris Nash