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Dance Review: Scattered by Motionhouse, Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe

PUBLISHED: 18:49 03 March 2010 | UPDATED: 16:49 20 February 2013

Watching Scattered, the new production from dance company Motionhouse, was an incredible experience and one that had me rapt from the start.

IT is not often that words fail me but this is one occasion where I have come close. Watching Scattered, the new production from dance company Motionhouse, was an incredible experience and one that had me rapt from the start.


Originally it was because I could not see where it was going it has a slow start but within 10 minutes it was because I was amazed at the energy, choreography and sheer daring shown by the seven dancers.


Set to an electrifying soundtrack, Scattered, directed by Kevin Finnan, is performed on an infinity stage using a projection created by Spanish filmmakers Logela. Finnan has created a world of water where dance moves and film combine seamlessly and explores our relationship with, and reliance on, water from icebergs, rain, waterfalls and taps to a dry desert and a thirst that needs quenching.


One minute the dancers are performing on the flat stage, the next they are sprinting up its curved wall, hanging from the top, or hurling themselves back down onto the stage, with each movement as a reaction to the backdrop of the projection.


Scattered is performed by Claire Benson, Junior Cunningham, Fernando Pasquini, Laura Pea Nuez, Olivia Quayle, Alasdair Stewart, and Phillip Stummer.


Original music by composer Sophy Smith and atmospheric lighting by Natasha Chivers aid the ebb and flow of this exceptional piece; set designer Simon Dormon is the mastermind behind the giant curved stage.


This is not just about the dance moves but also the sheer athleticism of the dancers. There is no let-up in the one hour and 10 minute show and each dancer is barely off stage the entire time. I feel sure, like me, no one in the audience could tear their eyes away for the entire performance and the applause and cheers at the end were well deserved.


For performance dates around the country visit www.motionhouse.co.uk


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