Electrifying Multimedia Dance-Circus Comes to Worthing


Touring company 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 synonymous with Motionhouse to delve deep into the human body, tracing the incredible story of energy in our lives. This new production will tour to Worthing’s Connaught Theatre on November 16th and17th.

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

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.

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.”

Following on from the success of Scattered and Broken, Charge is ideal 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.

Charge appears at the Connaught Theatre, Union Place, Worthing on Thursday 16th November and Friday 17th November at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £19.50, Concessions £17.50, Friends £15.50, Groups 8+ £12.50, Students £9.50 and can be purchased from the box office on 01903 206 206 or online at www.worthingtheatres.co.uk


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I have lived in Sussex for the past 15 years and have links with many of the arts venues throughout the county. I am passionate about the local arts scene and, as well as providing reviews of local performances, I also preview some of the exciting shows and events taking place around the county. I have devoted all of my working life to the worlds of theatre and travel so, when I am not on holiday somewhere, you can usually find me at one of our superb local theatres, or simply enjoying life with my young son.

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