Motionhouse Scattered: A Meteor Shower of Unlikely Moments

Crescendo issue: March 2014
Richard Taylor, of New Zealand's venerable and renowned Weta Workshop, says of Motionhouse Dance: "The incredible physical achievements and beautiful dance of this group are just captivating."

Founded in 1988 by Kevin Finnan and Louise Richards, the company has since become one of the leading dance theatre companies in the U.K., making their work locally in Warwickshire, England, and touring globally. Known for creating remarkable dance theatre that fuses images, action and dynamism to surprise, challenge and delight, Motionhouse’s production of “Scattered” is designed to shock and awe audiences.

Motionhouse tours their productions to theatres and festivals throughout the world. On April 1, they will bring the aforementioned "Scattered" to Interlochen's Corson Auditorium.

Motionhouse has developed a reputation over the past couple of decades for ambitious experimentation. Their productions, in which setting, action and context collide, have since become world-renowned. A wide ranging education and participatory program runs parallel to many of their touring performance work.

“Scattered” explores our relationship with water and how it surrounds us in different forms throughout our lives: in birth water ties us to life and on a more elemental scale, in ice, floods and tides, it can sweep our lives away. “Scattered” delves into the majesty and savagery of water, a fundamental force in our lives as seven dancers plunge into an ocean, wrestle a raging tide and slide on an avalanche to a frozen landscape of arctic beauty in this captivating interaction between film and live performance.

Performed on a huge curved floor, which disappears skyward, “Scattered” uses projection technology, daring dancing plus aerial harnesses and bungees to create an extraordinary world in which the dancers move seamlessly in, on and through the image.

Should you happen to be in the area, we invite you to explore the amazing in the everyday with Motionhouse Dance on Tuesday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Corson Auditorium. Tickets for the performance are $28 adult, $25 senior and $10 student, and are available online or by calling the Interlochen box office at 800.681.5920.