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part of Refract:19


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

Inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem The Panther, this extraordinary outdoor show explores notions of captivity.

Following on from the hugely successful shows Underground and Cascade, Captive has been touring the UK and Europe to widespread acclaim since spring 2013.

Captive is created with support from Arts Council England, Birmingham Hippodrome, Without Walls, Swindon Dance, and Bristol City Council. Motionhouse is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Captive will take place on the plaza outside Waterside.


“Once again Motionhouse has created a portable outdoor show which all kinds of people will enjoy   because of its athleticism and beauty, combined with its thought-provoking storytelling craft. Like Underground and Cascade before, the universality of the tale and power of the piece will ensure a long life.” Paul Kaynes | Director of Creative Programmes, Birmingham Hippodrome


30 minutes, no interval

Performances will take place at 16:00 and 20:30



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