WILD is commissioned by Gulbenkian & ART31 and Birmingham Hippodrome (as part of the Hippodrome Associate Artist programme). Supported by Without Walls with commissioning from Freedom Festival, Hat Fair, and Out There International Festival of Circus & Street Arts. With additional backing from the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Foyle Foundation, The 29th May 1961 Charitable Trust and The City of London Corporation.
Motionhouse (UK) present WILD
WILD, the daring new outdoor production from Motionhouse, explores our disconnect with the natural environment, and how, in a world where the majority of humans live in large urban areas, the wild environment is becoming increasingly alien to us.
As urban humans, how do we relate to a way of being that we no longer understand? Or is the wild still shaping our behaviour?
Wild creates an urban forest in the everyday of the city. Using the powerful physicality distinctive to Motionhouse, and combining dynamic choreography, acrobatic movement and hand-to-hand partnering, Wild is a juxtaposition of the complex relationships in the forest and the more atomised life of humans in the city.
A forest of tall poles enables performance on multiple levels. From the top of the pole, we explore life in the canopy, looking down onto the forest floor – a dangerous world of unknown meetings.
Where do we belong? Do we choose survival as a lone wolf or engage with the complex mechanism of the pack and the tribe?