It has been a production nine months in the making but for those who attended the premiere of Motionhouse’s latest work at Warwick Arts Centre it was worth the wait.
The Leamington-based dance company has been enthralling audiences around the world for a quarter of century and this latest production upholds its reputation for pushing the boundaries of contemporary dance. Indeed, Broken veritably smashes them to pieces.
As one would expect from a company with a world-wide reputation such as Motionhouse, the dancers are impeccable although they are more than dancers - they are as much actors as they are athletes and their skill and energy is a wonder to behold.
But the dancing is just part of the story. Artistic director - and joint founder - of Motionhouse Kevin Finnan was not asked to choreograph the opening ceremony of the London Paralympics last summer because he employs great dancers, but because he creates incredible spectacles and Broken further reinforces his impeccable credentials.
Broken is a 68 minute invasion of the senses.
From the first act of the production to the last, the audience is treated to an unrelenting visual and aural assault that does not relent its grip until the final curtain.
The use of digital imagery throughout and the original score were absolutely critical to the success of this piece while taking nothing from the dancers whose powerful and vigorous performances brilliantly brought all the elements together.
Speaking before the premiere, fellow founding director Louise Richards told of her first night nerves.
She needn’t of worried. The show was a triumph and will undoubtedly thrill audiences as it starts a tour around the UK and plans are finalised to take it much further afield.