Performed by  four of our dancers within a rocking tubular structure, Underground uses stunningly physical dance, emotional imagery and surprising aerial encounters to explore the new reality of train travel: the compressed intimacy of a crowded carriage; the crush of personal space; the studied ignoring of our fellow travellers and the tight fear of a dangerous stranger in the current climate of suspicion.

Travellers are thrown together in an unlikely alliance as graffiti artists paint their love in motion. Suspended at odd angles and riding the rhythm of the train, four characters are constantly drawn together then torn apart.

Energetic and thought provoking, Underground is attention grabbing, edge of your seat, in–your-face dancing.

Premiered | 18 May 2008, Brighton Festival, UK

Artistic Director
Kevin Finnan
Kevin Finnan & the Company
Dancers in the Trailer
Claire Benson, Junior Cunningham, Fernando Pasquini & Olivia Quayle

Production team
Set Design
Simon Dormon
Set Construction
Original Music
Sophy Smith & Tim Dickinson
Costume Design
Nicky Moorhouse

Underground is commissioned by Fierce Festival, Birmingham Hippodrome and Without Walls.

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"Motionhouse again demonstrate that contemporary dance can find a large new audience without compromising artistic integrity but with a huge dose of choreographic flair, acrobatic flourish, humour, empathy and real life relevance"
Donna Close,
Associate Producer & Programmer,
Brighton Festival




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Claire Benson in Motionhouse’s Underground. Photography by BellxoneClaire Benson in Motionhouse’s Underground. Photography by Dave McKenna Olivia Quayle and Fernando Pasquini in Motionhouse’s Underground. Photography by Potenza Fernando Pasquini and Claire Benson in Motionhouse’s Underground. Photography by BellxoneOlivia Quayle in Motionhouse’s Underground. Photography by Jym Daly

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