Incredible dance-circus: pushing movement to its limits since 1988
Based in Leamington Spa since 1988, we create and tour a wide range of inspiring and powerful dance-circus productions to theatres and festivals in the UK and across the globe. Our distinctive, highly physical style integrates elements of circus and acrobatics with breath-taking dance to surprise and delight our audiences, using powerful narrative and incredible digital imagery. Our accessible dance-circus style attracts large audiences, in a normal year, performing to 120,000+ people. Pioneers of outdoor dance, we take world-class dance-circus to audiences in a range of settings, from full-length touring theatre productions to outdoor work at festivals or in the street, in the heart of people’s communities, reaching children, young people and families, free of charge, in some of our most deprived communities. We also offer a vibrant programme of education and training activities for all ages, including classes, post-show discussions, workshops in schools and a range of professional development opportunities.
Motionhouse was founded by Executive Director Louise Richards and Artistic Director Kevin Finnan MBE who still lead the company. With an ethos that dance is for everyone, our mission is to make world-class dance accessible to all. We believe that dance has the power to illuminate the human condition and to change lives, enriching our emotional world and making a positive impact on educational and cognitive development and on health and wellbeing.
We work collaboratively with an extensive network of partners in dance, the arts, digital industries, universities, colleges, schools, and the community, with many partnerships, particularly in our home region of the West Midlands. Our distinctive contribution to UK dance is recognised by our inclusion in Arts Council England’s National Portfolio. We have an experienced Board of Trustees with strong governance expertise. We are a mature, resilient and creative organisation, a resourceful arts business and effective charity, with a track record in shaping how dance is defined and performed, in training the dancers of the future, offering life-changing participatory activities and inspiring teaching: enriching lives through the transformative power of dance regardless of age, ability, background or financial means.
You will be joining the company at a pivotal time as we rebuild after the impacts of Covid-19. Having had all bookings cancelled in 2020 and the first half of 2021 due to government restrictions, our goal and our challenge is now to rebuild the company as theatres and festivals begin to reopen. We are determined to ‘Come back dancing’ as illustrated in this video. With bookings in place for our outdoor work this summer, and an extensive UK and European tour in place for our new theatre show Nobody, which will premiere in London in September 2021, this is an exciting time to join us and be part of the team that achieves our goal to rebuild. If you’d like to be part of this important moment for the company, please get in touch.
Where we are based
We have two exciting spaces at the heart of Leamington Spa in Warwickshire. We have recently moved into a new creation and rehearsal space in Leamington Town Hall. Our move is part of wider plans by Warwick District Council in their Creative Framework that puts creativity at the heart of the town’s programme to offer residents an enriching place to live. We run our youth and community programme from our office and studio space in Spencer Yard, located at the heart of the new Creative Quarter currently under development. Leamington is a vibrant and diverse town, home to a wide range of people who work in businesses based locally – from Jaguar Land Rover and Aston Martin, to around 20 leaders in the video game industry, the National Grid, the University of Warwick, Bravissimo and many more. It offers a range of high street chains as well as thriving local shops, cafes and restaurants. It is well connected by train and road, with the M40 arriving directly and a link to the M1 and M6 not far. Coventry is a 15 minute drive or train journey, and there is an excellent and regular train service to Birmingham (30-45 mins) and London (1h15-1h30).
Watch our showreel of exciting work.