Motionhouse to premiere ‘Broken’ at The Lowry

Created by artistic director Kevin Finnan, Broken will embark upon a major UK tour following a premiere at Warwick Arts Centre on Wednesday October 2nd.


Broken erupts on the stage combining stunning athleticism with gravity-defying dance, overlaid with intricate digital imagery and original music in an unashamedly visual and adrenaline fuelled spectacle. This trademark Motionhouse production considers the precarious relationship we have with the earth and lures the audience into a world of shifting perspectives.


Contrasting the caves of our ancient ancestors with modern apartments of glass and steel, Broken juxtaposes a mythical underworld where hopes and fears are amplified with a visceral overworld of light and speed. Ravishing, delicate and poignant, it questions our ambivalence towards the world as the dancers negotiate cracks and craters in this landscape of illusions where nothing is quite as it seems.


Broken builds on the success of the company’s major international hit, Scattered, based on the elemental theme of water, which has toured to full houses across nine countries including the USA and China.


This also follows a monumental year for the company in 2012 which saw Kevin Finnan take the role of Choreographer and Movement Director for the Paralympic Games opening ceremony and was preceded by The Voyage, a large scale outdoor performance and the company’s most ambitious and epic production to date which told the dramatic story of a journey on board a life-size cruise liner which launched the London 2012 Festival in the West Midlands.


Kevin Finnan, Artistic Director of Motionhouse said:


“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, which continues the pioneering Motionhouse spirit of blending moving storytelling with breathless energy and physicality whilst continually surprising and challenging audiences”.


In addition to the launch of Broken, the 25th anniversary programme also includes a brand new outdoor piece, Captive, which is set to enthral audiences at festivals and events throughout the country in Summer 2013.


Further tours to the USA and China are also planned for Motionhouse in 2014 signalling the company’s ever widening appeal to both seasoned dance theatre enthusiasts and newcomers to the genre.