Motionhouse announce world premiere tour of new show ‘Nobody’

13 May 2021

Leading UK dance-circus company Motionhouse today announced the first tour of Nobody, the company’s new dance-circus production, which will open with the world premiere at Sadler’s’ Wells’ The Peacock in London from the 22-25 September 2021.

Fast-moving and highly physical, Nobody explores the tension between our inner lives and how we make sense of the world around us. Motionhouse’s renowned dance-circus style combines with mesmerising choreography to tell this emotional and ultimately uplifting story, full of twists and turns.

Kevin Finnan, Artistic Director of Motionhouse, started R&D for Nobody in late 2019 and began creation in early 2020 just before the pandemic hit. It was originally scheduled to open in August 2020.

Finnan said:It’s been a challenge to make Nobody during the pandemic, but the process has been interesting because it has entirely reshaped my original vision for the show. When the dancers and I came back early this year after a long period of lockdowns and furlough, we had an incredible urge to be creative and to explore new ways of moving. I think the energy and emotions of the extraordinary collective experience of dealing with a pandemic we have gone through, really shaped the content and the movement we were coming up with as a group. The narrative arc of the production really reflects this: the first act of the show is driven by the raw emotion of our recent experiences. There is a sense of isolation and being alone and the effects this has had on us all during the pandemic. In the second act there is a sense of coming together and the strength we all get from that.

Finnan uses a devised creation process to create his work, using creative tasks and exploration of the possibilities of the movement vocabulary with the company’s dancers to develop each new work. Junior Cunningham, Rehearsal Director said:The dancers have all noted the effects of not being together and performing. They found that when they came back together in the studio, they had a renewed sense of delight for being creative as a group. It was a real celebration of people coming together to do incredible things. This has really pushed us all to explore new limits in our dance-circus style, and I hope audiences are going to love the result.”

Kevin Finnan:We’re very pleased with the final show. It’s quite different from our recent work, and as a company we’re excited to be breaking new ground. We’re really embracing the relationship between dance, digital and circus in a new way for this production; developing our movement language and playing with the digital imagery in a different way. I’m very hopeful that this will be an exciting show for audiences – I think it will look quite different from the last few shows that we’ve made.

Nobody is packed with visual magic: the world on stage is transformed before our eyes, with the set seemingly moving by itself or being moved by the dancers. Digital projections and the shape-shifting set create a constantly changing environment where nothing is quite what it seems…We follow seven characters on their journey of self-discovery to find strength and support in each other, while a group of curious crows questions their every move. As they negotiate their ever-changing reality, the performers search for answers as the world unravels around them.

Nobody is a continuation of the Finnan’s examination of the human condition and our place in the world, with the lens of Covid added into the creative process.

Kevin Finnan: “I hope that Nobody is a highly relevant and moving show that resonates with the times we live in.”

The premiere tour that was announced today, with more dates to add in the coming weeks, will see the show visit 26 venues in all (18 announced so far) during autumn 2021 and spring/summer 2022.

Watch the trailer for Nobody here.

Audiences can follow the Nobody Diaries and Motionhouse’s social media for regular behind-the-scenes updates as the show is rehearsed and toured.

Nobody is commissioned by and created in partnership with University of Kent, ART31 and Midlands Arts Centre. Supported by Dance Hub Birmingham, Arts Connect and The Leche Trust.