Gravity-defying dance at The Roses Theatre

Motionhouse's 'Broken'

Motionhouse's 'Broken' - Credit: Archant

‘Broken’ features creative choreography combining athleticism with gravity-defying dance, all overlaid with intricate digital imagery and original music.

Motionhouse's 'Broken'

Motionhouse's 'Broken' - Credit: Archant

The opening ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games drew millions of eager crowds to the stadium or had them clamouring around their televisions to witness the action. Artistic director of the leading UK dance theatre company Motionhouse, Kevin Finnan MBE, who was also the Choreographer and Movement Director of the Paralympic opening ceremony, has now created the contemporary dance production Broken.

The show, which Motionhouse has been touring since 2013 to celebrate their 25th anniversary, will arrive on the stage at Tewkesbury’s Roses Theatre on February 25.

Broken juxtaposes a mythical underworld where hopes and fears are amplified with a visceral world of light and speed. The show features creative choreography combining athleticism with gravity-defying dance, all overlaid with intricate digital imagery and original music. Motionhouse’s new production considers our relationship with the earth and questions our ambivalence towards it, as the dancers negotiate cracks and craters in this landscape of illusions where nothing is quite as it seems.

Motionhouse was founded in 1988 by Kevin Finnan and Louise Richards. Their productions fuse images with action and dynamism, and, while their choreography is rooted in dance, they also draw on theatre, circus, acrobatics, and film, creating work that seeks to be both entertaining and provocative. Broken supersedes the company’s major international hit Scattered, based on the elemental theme of water, which toured to full houses in nine countries including the USA and China.

Kevin Finnan MBE says: “Our theatre productions are visual spectacles that combine and seamlessly integrate highly physical dance theatre, breath-taking flying, striking imagery and extraordinary set design … We are delighted to debut Broken in our 25th year, continuing the pioneering Motionhouse spirit of blending moving storytelling with breathless energy and physicality whilst continually surprising and challenging audiences.”

Tickets cost £13, with concessions available, and can be purchased from The Roses Box Office on 01684 295074 or online at www.rosestheatre.org