IT promises to be a thrilling performance, a show where dancers use film in a new way to dive into moving water and slide on an avalanche.
Leamington Spa-based dance company Motionhouse returns to the Lawrence Batley Theatre with its new show, Scattered. There’s just one performance on Tuesday and you can expect an extraordinary mix of multiple projection and dancers using aerial silks and bungees.
Director Kevin Finnan has worked with award-winning Spanish filmmakers, Logela, to create a world of water where athletic movement blends with projections.
Seven dancers perform on an infinity stage where movement and film integrate.
They are on stage at one moment then suddenly sprinting up the upstage curved wall (think half pipe skate park), to immerse themselves in images of cascading waterfalls, rainstorms and swimming pools.
“Choreography for me is making worlds. Playing with reality is how we understand our lives. When I make a show I am trying to make a whole world that the audience can enter into.”
The dancers are suspended over a frozen landscape of arctic beauty at the very top of the curve before diving on to the stage through the ice floes and frozen waters; they hurl themselves into tidal waves, they stride up projected escalators, they fling themselves on to projected deckchairs and they catch, throw and hold each other in impossible embraces.
There is original music by composer Sophy Smith and atmospheric lighting by Huddersfield lighting designer Natasha Chivers.
The designer who masterminded the massive curved stage is Simon Dormon. He had it built out of salvaged boat hulls.
Scattered is performed by Claire Benson, Junior Cunningham, Fernando Pasquini, Laura Peña Nuñez, Olivia Quayle, Alasdair Stewart, and Phillip Stummer.
The piece was commissioned by Warwick Arts Centre and created with support from Playbox Theatre, Warwick.
The LBT box office is on 01484 430528.