Motionhouse founder and artistic director Kevin Finnan is the man credited with developing the company's seamless blend of dance, circus and digital technology, something that we're promised will be very much in evidence in the company's latest show, Nobody, which has its world premiere at the Peacock Theatre this month.
Here's a taster:
Nobody explores the tension between our inner lives and how we make sense of the world around us in a fast-moving and highly physical show, that tells a gripping and ultimately uplifting story full of twists and turns.
The show was about to go into production when the pandemic hit. Creation resumed in January 2021 under strict Covid-19 bubble conditions, something which Kevin Finnan describes as 'a challenge'. However, the pandemic led him to reshape his original concept for the show; and the dancers returned to work from extensive and frustrating lockdowns with a lot of pent-up energy, which translated into an urge to be creative and explore new ways of moving.
Finnan's method directly involves his dozen dancers in the creation process, with the choreography and movement vocabulary being the result of their close collaboration. This methodology, combined with the impact of the pandemic, means that Nobody delves into the dancers' experiences of prolonged isolation and eventual coming together, which in many ways are also our own, so the show should speak very directly to audiences, as well as providing an exhilarating visual spectacle.
We're promised new ways of integrating digital technology to create a constantly changing environment where things seem to happen by magic, as we follow seven characters on a journey of self-discovery, while a group of curious crows questions their every move.
|What||Motionhouse, Nobody – Peacock Theatre|
|Where||Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London, WC2A 2HT | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Holborn (underground)|
22 Sep 21 – 25 Sep 21, 19:30 Sat mat at 14:30 Dur.: 1 hour 55 mins inc one interval
|Price||£18-£40 (plus booking fee)|
|Website||Click here to book|