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Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 August 2023 | Afternoon


Little Wormwood Scrubs Park, 1 Dalgarno Gardens, London W10 5LL

Four performers use an exciting blend of dance, acrobatics and aerial work inside a large cage. Disorientated and shaken, they use their skill and instinct to survive in this emotionally charged and athletic piece.

Inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem The Panther, this powerfully emotional outdoor show explores notions of captivity. Extremely physical, Captive is a thrilling blend of dance and acrobatics with a dynamic narrative exploring human relationships in captivity.

Motionhouse create and tour a wide range of inspiring and powerful dance-circus productions to theatres and festivals in the UK and across the globe. Their distinctive, highly physical style integrates elements of circus and acrobatics with breath-taking dance to surprise and delight audiences, using powerful narrative and incredible digital imagery.

Captive is created with support from Arts Council England, Birmingham Hippodrome, Without Walls, Swindon Dance, and Bristol City Council. Motionhouse is supported by Arts Council England with additional support from Warwick District Council and is a Hippodrome Associate Artist.

Main programme event. Suitable for all ages. This is a free show so no tickets are required. There will be other performances taking place in the same location, with shows in this location running from 1pm onwards. Free children's circus workshops also available.

Website times are regularly updated in case of rain. Please do check back if unsure whether these outdoor performances are taking place. See you at Little Wormwood Scrubs!

Knot by Motionhouse 1pm
Highly Sprung by Castaway 1.30pm
Captive by Motionhouse 2.15pm
Highly Sprung by Castaway 4pm
Captive by Motionhosue 5pm (Sunday 5pm show cancelled)

This location has public toilets. Bring sun cream and/or a coat. Please use public transport if possible rather than driving, take picnic plastic home to recycle and bring refillable drinking flasks.

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