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2013 PERFORMANCES

Chemical Peel

November 23, 29,30th at The White Rabbit Cabaret

Motus at Spirit and Place

 November 10th, 5:30pm Central Library

Motus at TEDX 

October 22 at The Hilbert Circle Theater

Spring- MotuSpoke
Motus peppered the people with site specific performance in various locations throughout Indianapolis, celebrating the anticipated partnership & residency with Indy Parks.

Performances included :

Cocktails for Canines 

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful’s Great Indy Clean Up 

Garfield Park Chalk Fest 

“Get Down On It”  Indianapolis Cultural Trail Opening 

April -Motus at Spoke the Hub Dancing in NYC  

Motus had the unique and wonderful opportunity to take pieces from their repertoire to Spoke the Hub Dancing in New York City. It was two nights of performances in which the dancers and choreographers shared and received feedback from their audience. We continue to thank our sponsors that helped us get there!

April- Ruckus

It was one night full of artistry , eye popping performance, and bangin’ bands! Presented by Motus Dance, featuring  No Exit, The Rocket Doll Revue, DJ Kyle Long of Cultural Cannibals, Eclectic Pond, and These City Limits. A fundraiser for our new space project! 

2012 PERFORMANCES

November 2012 – Cultivate: A Choreographers’ Showcase

cultivate pic

Indy’s emerging choreographers participated in a shared concert at the White Rabbit Cabaret. The process included applications with previous work samples, auditions, free studio space, feedback and support, interactive internet applications with choreographer blogs and audience response, as well as media criticism. Congratulations to Ashley Benninghoff, named the Motus Emerging Choreographer for her piece Displaced.

September 2012 – Fountain Square Arts Parade

One of our favorite annual events! Art Squared started with the Art Fair at 11a, some great artists competing in Masterpiece in a Day, and then Motus blowing down the parade route in the afternoon!

Motus at Penrod 2012

September 2012 – Penrod Arts Fair

“For forty-six years, The Penrod Arts Fair has celebrated arts and culture. As one of the nation’s largest single-day art fairs, the September event features over three hundred talented artists.” Motus performed at the annual event at the IMA, presenting a collection of works representing each of our artists.

August 2012 – Start with Art Luncheon

“Start with Art is an annual luncheon hosted by the Arts Council of Indianapolis to celebrate the kick-off of the arts and culture season. The luncheon brings together central Indiana artists, arts organizations, business and civic leaders to celebrate and honor the arts.” Motus has enjoyed the support of the Arts Council and was happy to perform alongside Dance Kaleidoscope and NoExit Performance.

March/April 2012-INsideOut

Motus welcomed guest choreographer Audra Sokol in this site-specific work at the Indy Indie Artist Colony for their event “In Residence II” in March. The evening featured work by several of the Indy Artist Colony residents, live music from Marauder Octobot, and live dance from Motus. Audra used the women of Motus in “An exploration of good versus evil and the relationship between the two. Humankind is driven by the constant need of good triumphing over evil, however, without negative influence, we lose purpose in the search for internal and external love.”

The second site-specific work in Motus’ INsideOut series featured a collaboration with Jan Need. She created a piece entitled “Passage” specifically for the Indy Indie Artist space. The first three of six sections was performed on Friday, April 6th during First Friday at the Indy Indie Artist Colony. Inspiration for the piece is drawn from personal struggles with fibromyalgia and degenterative disc disease. The piece demonstrated the depth of pain a person can suffer starting with the body, then the heart and finally progressing to the soul.

February 2012-Mended Hearts Indy: Cocktails for Canines

February 2012-Be Burlesque Workshop with Jenee’ Michelle

burlesqueJenee’ Michelle, locally based burlesque performer, CEO of the Nuvo burlesque group “Pur|The Company” and burlesque teacher at Motus, brought her signature “Be Burlesque” workshop to Motus. This three hour workshop is designed to give anyone the chance to learn more about the art of burlesque and all its sparkly components. Attendees will learn how to create a classic burlesque look via hair and make-up, just as performers do when they hit the stage. Participantslearned a burlesque routine, had a hair and make-up tutorial, and learned how to make their own pasties!

January 2012-Burlesque Workshops with Red Hot Annie

In 2011 we added a Burlesque class to our list of class offerings. In January 2012 we hosted our first series of Burlesque workshops with Red Hot Annie-Chicago’s top burlesque performer.

2011 PERFORMANCES

November 2011-IN

Whether you’re coming out, letting us in, down and out, or just plain “it,” you won’t want to miss this. Motus will present a full-length production to bring awareness and provoke discussion around the ideas of inclusion and exclusion. Featuring all new choreography and collaborations with Tommy Lewey (paperStrangers) and Georgeanna smith (NoExit Performance).

In premiered November 2011 at The White Rabbit Cabaret in Indianapolis, IN. Due to it’s warm reception we were able to take it on the road, bringing it to Ball State in December 2011 and to The Fort Wayne Dance Collective in February 2012.

July – September 2011 – This Too is a Stage

Motus took dance to the streets in performances around the city, including the IndyPride Parade and the Fountain Square Art Parade. Motus also won Grand Champion in the Celebrate Indy Arts! Parade.

July 2011 – Breaking Ground

Our annual choreographic workshop – open to both choreographers and dancers of all levels of experience – was each Sunday in July. It was an opportunity for the participants to put their own choreography into motion and participate in others’ pieces. It culminated in a studio showing of the works in progress.

June 2011 – Summer Teen Intensive

Our first ever weekend intensive for 13-19 yr old dancers to learn from new teachers, experience new forms and techniques, and challenge themselves with new choreography. The workshop culminated with a showcase of the pieces they worked on during each session. View the schedule and class descriptions and check out the video.

June 2011 – Pairings: An Evening of Wine and Dance

Motus’ annual fundraising event perfectly pairs 6 tastes of wine with 6 new dances, 6 hors d’oeuvres and 6 new pieces of music…all performed live, a feast for the senses!

April 2011 – Indiana Dance Festival

Motus traveled to Fort Wayne, IN to participate in a weekend of workshops and artistic renewal. We participated in the showcase performance along with several other groups from around the state. We performed Pink Moscato, which was originally choreographed for Pairings 2010 by Lauren Beirne. Our executive and artistic director, Heidi Keller-Phillips, set her Bow piece on all 55 of the showcase participants. What an event!

March 2001 – Paired Down

Paired Down was a less formal version of our 2010 Pairings performance. We stripped away the food, peppered in a few new pieces and guests furnished their own wine at the bar. We introduced new core artists Katelin Ryan and Stefanie Squint, and enjoyed live performances by the band ESW in between works.

2010 PERFORMANCES

November 2010 – Cultivate: A Choreographers’ Showcase
Indy’s emerging choreographers participated in a shared concert. Each selected choreographer had the opportunity to rehearse and refine their work based on feedback from peers and mentors. The intent was to afford the luxury of time, space and professional equipment to those choreographers with a voice, but without the resources to do so on their own. Congratulations to McKenzie Baird – winner of the Motus Emerging Choreographer Award and a cash prize – and to all the choreographers and dancers for a wonderful show. Check out a review from Nuvo.
September/October 2010 – Random Acts of Improv
 
Motus took to the streets in (mostly) Random Acts of Improv. We performed on the Fountain in Fountain Square, Broad Ripple, and on Monument Circle.
 
September 2010 – Fountain Square Art Fair/Parade
Motus participated in the Fountain Square Art Fair Masterpiece in a Day, by performing Expressions on Canvas choreographed by core artist Christina Maley. We also participated in the Art Parade, performing along the parade route and we received one of two prizes for creativity! The other went to the White Rabbit Cabaret.
August 2010 – IndyFringe

During the week-long IndyFringe Theatre Festival, Motus performed Baby Pool Etudes and Variations, Expressions on Canvas, and other pieces from the Motus repetoire on the street and in the ClubFringe outdoor tent.

July/August 2010 – Breaking.Ground
 
July 2010 – IndyFringe Longest Dinner
Motus performed, Expressions on Canvas, a piece choreographed by core artist Christina Maley for IndyFringe’s annual fundraiser. Check out a photo from her performance here.
June 2010 – Pairings
Motus’ annual fundraising event perfectly pairs 6 tastes of wine with 6 new dances, 6 hors d’oeuvres and 6 new pieces of music…all performed live, a feast for the senses!
June 2010 – 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks  Art and Nature Park
On June 20, 2010 the Indianapolis Museum of Art opened 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks  Art and Nature Park. 100 Acres that features 7 works by commissioned artists and is one of the largest museum art parks in the country.  For the opening of the park,  Motus Dance Theatre developed a performance in response to Kendall Buster’s Stratum Pier and performed on the :45 of every hour with Kate Lamont and Devon Ashley.
March 2010 – Motus Rising
Celebrating and honoring founder Katie Kasper, Motus performed 6 pieces including new work from new Core Artists, Sara Yanney-Chantanasombut and Michelle Buchannan, at the White Rabbit Cabaret. Check out a few photos here.


2009 PERFORMANCES

November 2009 – Windblown

Windblown was created and performed down the length of Massachusetts Avenue as part of the Spirit and Place Festival’s Random Acts of Improvisation.

August 2009 – Broken Fragile Mind

“I’ve lost so much. Mother. Father. Will I lose my mind as well? The root of it all rides on this. Are they getting closer? Are they coming for me?” Inspired by a provocative 1930’s radio broadcast, Motus navigates a mind battling fear, manipulation, and a race against time. Premiered at the 2009 IndyFringe Festival at the Earth House.

Check out these reviews:

If you have ever had the privilege of watching Motus Dance Theatre in action than you already know that they never do anything half-assed. Their pieces are always powerful, thought provoking and intense. The Motus offering for this year’s indyFringe Festival, broken fragile mind, is all of these and more. ~ Mark Cline, www.funcityfinder.com

These dancers were committed to the characters they were playing; committed to the forms the choreography dictated; committed to the metaphor they were dramatizing; and committed to each other. ~ Jake Roesler, www.SmallerIndiana.com

And others by Brooke Randolph (www.smallerindiana.com), Joe Boling (www.indianaauditions.com), Julie (WIBC), and Rita Kohn (Nuvo).

June 2009 – Each Other

Lost in the wilderness, blind and trapped, in darkness we cannot find each other…Created and performed for the Herron School of Art & Design’s 2009 Fundraiser, Visionary, on June 6.

View photos by SeeSaw Imaging on our Facebook page!

April 2009 – Spark a Revolution

Motus performed two new works, as well as a collaboration with all the artists who participated in this IndyFringe Festival and Earth House fundraiser on April 17, 2009.

2008 PERFORMANCES

December 2008 – 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Performance

Commemorative Performance at the IU Law Building on the IUPUI campus, December 6, 2008.

August 2008 – Wicked Dreams, Pleasant Nightmares

An abstract journey through the subconscious mind, leap from light to dark, fall into fear, initiate insecurity, creep through curiosity and dance the desires of the mind. Wicked Dreams Pleasant Nightmares uncovers the reverie and awakens the imagination. Premiered in the 2008 IndyFringe Festival at the American Cabaret Theatre. Check out the buzz on Indy.com, Indy Theatre Habit, and Nuvo. See a slideshow on Flickr:

June 2008 – Wine Wednesday Performance

Performed in June 2008 with live musical performance by Grampall Jookabox, and hosted by Joseph Lehner at his Wine Wednesday event. View the performance.

March 2008 – Rear View Mirror: Celebrating Five Years of Motus Dance Theatre

Motus Dance Theatre’s performances of repertoire at the Wheeler Art Center in Fountain Square on March 28-30, 2008. See a slideshow of photos from the performance here! And check out a review from Nuvo.

2007 PERFORMANCES

Fall 2007 – Emerging Spaces: Creative Dances for Inspiring Spaces

Motus Dance Theatre’s 2007 Fall Performance Series included Strange Fruit, a fundraiser for AYS Art Enrichment programs at the Wheeler Art Center on October 27; Wine Wednesday performances hosted by Joseph Lehner on November 14; A First Friday performance collaboration with artist Kyle Ragsdale, at the Harrison Center for the Arts on December 7: A Review by Marshall at Five! The Central Library’s Grand Opening performance in the new Atrium on December 12; The Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Winter Solstice performance on December 20.

August 2007 – Kin: A bizarre family portrait

Premiered in the 2007 IndyFringe Festival at the Auditorium of the Athenaeum. Original music produced by Stung Tongue Productions.

2006 PERFORMANCES

November 2006 – Unwrapped

A holiday show, with guest director Michael Bachman, performed at Broad Ripple High School, November 8-9, 2006.

August 2006 – RED TAPE

Premiered in the 2006 IndyFringe Festival. Developed during the breaking.ground/workshop, and performed at the Phoenix Theatre mainstage. A review from IndianaAuditions.com.

June 2006 – under.construction and breaking.ground

Featured many new dancers and choreographers in this collaborative workshop and performance.

May 2006 – Untitled performance, Urban Garden Performing Arts

Collaboration featured during the Harrison Center for the Arts First Friday open house.

March 2006 – Light on Wings, Urban Garden Performing Arts

Presented with the help of the Indianapolis Cultural Development Commission, at the Harrison Center for the Arts’ First Friday studio night. Motus artists performed in this collaborative piece with the Urban Garden company, Elyce Elder, and the Thread Bare exhibit.

February 2006 – Mozart Festival, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra,

Motus dancers performed the Minuet preceding the Symphony’s Mozart Festival concert.

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