Trinity Laban alumnus Luka Owen has been appointed a full-time performer with dance company Motionhouse, which brings its latest show to Greenwich in June 2016.
Block, a collaboration between Motionhouse and circus company NoFit State, unites circus, acrobatics, parkour and dance in a performance for outdoor spaces. Typical of Motionhouse’s highly physical and often site-specific style, Block follows the success of the likes of Scattered, performed on a giant curved floor, and Traction, a dance with integration of machines.
Luka (pictured, right), who graduated from Trinity Laban in 2010, initially joined Motionhouse as an apprentice on The Voyage, a Cultural Olympiad project. She then progressed to the role of Associate Performer, working on Scattered, Broken, Lost and more, before becoming a full-time performer in February 2016.
On her experience of the role, Luka comments:
‘A day in the life of Motionhouse really varies! We tour both indoor and outdoor shows all over the world. Our working rehearsal day will always start with class taught by one of the dancers, followed by rehearsals for our current tour. Our days are usually quite playful and everyone is easily inspired, especially Kev (Kevin Finnan, Artistic Director). We are always pushing the limits of our own strength and fears, and enjoying sharing our individual skills.
‘In Block, the blocks are used to create different environments for the performance to take place in. I don't want to give too much away as I think everyone should see it. It's a real spectacle, and will please anyone who likes a bit of risk taking!
‘I really can't wait to perform back in Greenwich after graduating in 2010. It will feel like coming home!’
Block is performed as part of Greenwich & Docklands International Festival on 25 and 26 June 2016, before continuing its international tour. Additional Trinity Laban alumni to look out for at the festival include Stine Nilsen and Pedro Machado (Co-Artistic Directors of Candoco Dance Company), Claire Lambert (Associate Artist of Highly Sprung Performance Company), and Darren Ellis of Darren Ellis Dance.
To find out more about Block, visit the Motionhouse website.
Imagery: Dan Tucker