Core strength and clever choreography are two of the typical components in any dance piece, add to that a projected masterpiece and digital design and you get a Motionhouse production. One of the UK’s leading dance companies, Motionhouse were on the Welsh leg of their tour last night and were greeted by a buzzing audience at the Sherman theatre.
A production full of intensity and fire, the narrative revolves loosely around the Earth and it’s evolution, ranging from early creation through to the natural disasters we face in the modern world. The earth in it’s broken form, broken down partnerships and broken individuals all feature: creating an unsure sense of reality whilst examining the relationships between humanity and the elements.
Imagery is projected on to a set which simultaneously works as both a screen and a stage, allowing what was initially thought to be a screen to become a platform for the dancers to enter and exit the space as well as a display of the clever and intricate digital effects. The six dancers prove themselves as talented athletes as well as dancers from the first movements on a darkened stage: Working together to create platforms and props, as well as connecting emotionally with each other, each performer is fearless in their movements and their acrobatic ability and overall strength is beyond impressive (especially to a mere mortal who struggles lifting several bags of groceries…!)
A cleverly designed set and an impressive creative team and cast, the audience were truly gripped, gasping in amazement and on their feet for a standing ovation. An amazing combination of dance and digital projections, Motionhouse have created an incredible display of talent, strength and illusion.