Acclaimed U.K. dance company makes U.S. premiere at Phillips Center, Jan. 19

GAINESVILLE, Fla.-  Motionhouse, one of the United Kingdom’s leading dance companies, will make its U.S. premiere at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Phillips Center with a performance of the critically-acclaimed work Scattered.

“We welcome the opportunity to present new works and premieres on our stages and under our auspices,” UFPA director Michael Blachly said. “Motionhouse comes highly recommended and their involvement in the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics makes this a great company to share with our audience.”

Scattered combines Motionhouse’s trademark highly-physical style and mesmerizing imagery in a unique interaction between film and live performance. Using projection technology, daring dancing, a breathtaking set, aerial harnesses and bungees, the dancers plunge into an ocean, wrestle a raging tide and slide on an avalanche to a frozen landscape of arctic beauty.

“We create startling, passionate dance theatre,” Motionhouse artistic director Kevin Finnan said. “Our performances are rooted in dance but draw on theatre, circus, acrobatics and film to create works that make audience members think and feel. We pride ourselves on producing shows of outstanding quality that are accessible and enjoyable for all.”

Finnan was recently appointed choreographer and movement director for the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, which was viewed by a worldwide audience of one billion.

Tickets are on sale and available for this performance. Call 352-392-ARTS (2787) or 800-905-ARTS (toll free within Florida), or visit www.performingarts.ufl.edu for more information.

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Motionhouse – Scattered

Saturday, January 19, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $15-35 (UF students: $10)

Website:
University of Florida Performing Arts: www.performingarts.ufl.edu

Motionhouse: http://www.motionhouse.co.uk/

Program: http://bit.ly/VPIjOf

Photos available upon request or by visiting: http://performingarts.ufl.edu/about/press-room/photos/

To Purchase tickets, call the Phillips Center Box Office at 352-392-ARTS (2787) or 800-905-ARTS (toll-free within Florida) or call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 (toll-free). Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Phillips Center Box Office, the University Box Office at the University of Florida Reitz Union or from any Ticketmaster outlet, or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Cash, checks, MasterCard, Discover and Visa are accepted.

UF students may purchase $10 tickets (with a valid student ID) at the Phillips Center Box Office and the University Box Office at the Reitz Union. Non-UF students may purchase discounted student tickets (in the balcony) at the Phillips Center Box Office.

For interviews and other press inquiries, please contact Todd Taylor at 352-273-2483 or ttaylor@performingarts.ufl.edu.

Performance dates, times and programs are subject to change.